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Pella

This mission station was founded by the London Missionary Society in 1814. It formed a sanctuary for Khoi San people driven from Namibia to South Africa.

In 1872 it was so dry that the inhabitants had no other choice but to abandon the place. The Roman Catholic Church re-opened the mission station in 1878. The old cathedral, surrounded by date palm trees, has a curiously Arabian atmosphere.

The cathedral was build by two missionaries who used an encyclopaedia as their building manual. It took them seven years to complete the building which resemble typical cathedrals from Europe during that time.

A spring supply the village with water. Surrounded by a wall, the area in the immediate vicinity of the spring forms a date orchard. Huge date palm trees are harvested by the inhabitants and sold by mail order to customers across South Africa.

The Museum at the mission station is worth a visit as it shows the history of the mission station including the original pulpit used in the cathedral.

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