Though still a must-see sight on any tour of Windhoek, it is hard to imagine how the pretty gingerbread Christuskirche – now that it’s encircled by a busy roundabout and physically overshadowed by the brash Independence Museum – dominated Windhoek’s skyline for over a hundred years as one of Namibia’s most distinctive landmarks. A predominantly neo-Romanesque confection, topped with a steeple and neo-Gothic spire, it was designed by German architect and engineer, Gottlieb Redecker – who was also responsible for the Tintenpalast, Namibia’s parliament building. Locally quarried quartz sandstone was used to construct the main building but most other elements were imported from Germany: parts of the roof, the three bells, the clock, the organ and the stained glass windows, which were a gift from Kaiser Wilhelm II. Marble for the altar and portal was procured from Italy. Since the church was conceived by the German colonisers as a symbol of peace in the wake of the Herero and Nama uprising and subsequent massacre, it is ironic that the vast plaque inside that commemorates the fallen German soldiers and settlers was not matched by any such remembrance of the infinitely greater numbers of the indigenous population that lost their lives.

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