Joburg Tourism shares some of the most striking and well renowned places of worship throughout the City. Following a recent insert discussing wedding venues located throughout the City of Johannesburg, what’s a wedding without worship? Where the city is not only made up of a Rainbow Nation, so is it filled with a variety of religious beliefs, customs and places of worship. Joburg soil is home to some of the most exquisite places of worship where many different songs are sung and beliefs are followed. Where the differences that set us apart are truly the ties that bind us together Joburg Tourism shares some of the most moving architecture, design, history and fittings found in a variety of churches, chapels, mosques, temples and other places of worship pinned throughout the city.
Nizamiye Masjid, or more commonly referred to as the Nizamiye Mosque is the biggest mosque complex native to the Southern Hemisphere. Centrally Situated on Old Pretoria Road and Le Roux Avenue in Midrand, architectural styles of the Nizamiye Masjid feature both Islamic and Classical architecture as well as Ottoman architecture that stand 32 meters tall. Built by a Turkish philanthropist and completed in 2012, the mosque has been modelled on the 16th-century Ottoman Selimiye mosque complex in Edirne. Not only a place of worship in Joburg, the complex is also home to a school, exhibition hall, cemetery, clinic and a bazaar home to a variety of amenities.
Nan Hua Temple
Although not technically located in Johannesburg, the Nan Hua Temple rightfully deserves a spot on the list being close enough for Johannesburg residents to visit and revel in its sheer magnificence. Located around 70km North East of Johannesburg, the Nan Hua Temple is home to the religious practice of Buddhism. Offering a place of worship, meditation, retreat, temple tours and a variety of cultural celebrations, the Bronkhorstspruit City Council donated 6 hectares of land to the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Order to be developed into a Chinese Buddhist, Cultural, and Educational Complex back in 1992.
The Johannesburg Melrose Shree Siva Subrammaniar Temple
Located in the leafy suburb of Abbotsford a stones throw away from Melrose Arch, the Johannesburg Melrose Temple practices Murugan worship with a congregation of more than 20 000 devotees. What initially started out as a tin shack the temple has since been renovated once in 1996 and again in 2011 and offers a range of religious services to its congregation and visitors
Great Park Synagogue
The Orthodox synagogue originally located in Houghton, Johannesburg, the Great Park Synagogue offers a magnificent Shul where a growing Jewish community congregate and celebrate the Jewish religion and culture. With new premises for the congregation having opened its doors in 2000, the “Grand Old Lady” of Johannesburg shuls is belied by the recent origin of its current residency in Oakland’s.
Designed by Anthony Noel Errol Slaven this iconic place of worship is known as the largest Roman Catholic church in South Africa. Located in Rockville, the Regina Mundi Catholic Church played a significant role in South Africa’s history having offered a place of refuge and hiding to anti-Apartheid activists during the Soweto Youth Uprising in 1976. Where bullet holes remain embossed in the churches ceiling and marbled altar, this Joburg place of worship is fondly referred to as "the Peoples Church" as a result of the role it played during this time of great conflict.
Regina Mundi Catholic Church