THE CRYPT – where jazz lives!
THE CRYPT is a famous historic meeting place beneath St. George's Cathedral where African and International jazz, cultures and cuisine fuse.
The St George's Cathedral Crypt, built in 1898, is an important Cape Town landmark and museum. Now a jazz restaurant, The Crypt serves dinner in a setting that retains a sense of its history and charm.
ST GEORGE'S CATHEDRAL:
Known as 'the people's Cathedral' for its role in the resistance against apartheid, St. George's Cathedral is the oldest cathedral in Southern Africa and the mother church of the Anglican Diocese of Cape Town. We invite you to visit our historical and beautiful building and to be part of an active and dedicated congregation, contributing to the life of the Cathedral and the broader Cape Town community.
Welcome Message from the Dean - Michael Weeder
St George’s Anglican Cathedral, the People’s Cathedral, stands in the centre of Cape Town, at the foot of the historic Company’s Garden, adjacent to Parliament, the seat of government, and facing the centre of commerce. It was here that Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, after he led a mass demonstration of 300 000 people to the Grand Parade in 1989, spoke of ‘the rainbow people’ to describe South Africa’s rich racial and cultural diversity.
St George's hosts one of the country’s few labyrinths. Its stained glass windows include the work of Gabriel Loire, the celebrated French stained glass artist. The central panel of the Great West Window is dominated by the figure of the triumphant Christ. This Christ is black - a visual counter to the European-influenced depiction of the Christ of Calvary above the High Altar - a reminder that the person of Christ embodied the fullness of humanity.
At the heart of our cathedral life is the daily Mass, said by the few who gather in the St John’s Chapel, in communion with the world-wide Church and the unseen gathered in Christ. And because cathedrals, like the Church at large, exist also for those who are not members, we strive, consciously, to be a place of hope and healing where the pilgrim, the visitor, the curious may – in varying degrees - feel “this is home!”