Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Van Der Kemp Church

One of the most undiscovered historical parts of Port Elizabeth must be in Bethelsdorp. Bethelsdorp Village was established in 1803 by a missionary, Dr Johannes Van Der Kemp. The old section of Bethelsdorp contains a number of historic buildings with the Van Der Kemps Memorial Church (United Congregational Church) taken centre stage. Originally built in 1803 it was destroyed by fire in 1890, rebuilt in 1903 and again in 1926 and extended in 1985.