The Emmanuel Cathedral - Durban Inner City

The Emmanuel Cathedral - Durban Inner City

The Emmanuel Cathedral was built in 1904, and was situated in the tranquil surrounds of Cathedral street, Durban. Today more than a hundred years later the cathedral sits in Durban's over active inner city. The Emmanuel Cathedral was the vision of Bishop Charles Constance Jolivet, who was the second Vicariate Apostolic of Natal.

Bishop Jolivet commissioned the Durban architects Street-Wilson and Paton to design the cathedral back in 1903. Street Wilson, also designed the Port Shepstone hospital, where building commenced on March 25,1903. The architects were influenced by the Saint Joseph's Church at the upper end of West Street, which had been designed by a company of English architects, and was built in 1878. Materials from Saint Joseph's Church were utilized in the construction of the Emmanuel Cathedral. The Emmanuel Cathedral's stained glass windows were brought over from France, while the "stations of the cross" (a depiction of Christ's crucifixion) were carved from Italian marble, given as a gift from the wife of Napolean III, Empress Eugenie. They are a replica of the stations found in Sacre Coure de Montmarte in Paris. The high altar was donated by World veterans of the first world war, and is a reproduction of the Liverpool Cathedral's altar which was destroyed during the second world war.

The Cathedral opened its doors to the public in 1904 and after more than a century it still stands, rich in history and with a vibrant congregation. It was designed by Durban architect. The Emmanuel Cathedral building is considered a landmark in Durban and was at one stage a venue for intense political activity during the early and mid eighties. The late Archbishop Emeritus Denis Hurley, served at the Emmanuel Cathedral for 60 years of his life. Archbishop Hurley, who died aged 88, was a well known human rights activist, highly regarded for his contribution to the struggle against apartheid, as well as his concern for the plight of the poor and dispossessed, and his constant efforts in achieving a more just and peaceful society in South Africa.

The Emmanuel Cathedral is being renovated, and displays a fine example of the late Gothic Revival style of architecture. A combined use of red face brick and rough cast plaster were used on the exterior, all of which is covered by a roof of Marseilles tiles with wide overhanging eaves. The interior consists of a marble altar, cool marble columns and flooring, with a suspended web of Gothic vaults on the ceiling, and a special underfloor ventilation system. The Emmanuel Cathedral still holds daily services and welcomes all those who wish to join the congregation.

Accommodation Near The Emmanuel Cathedral - Durban Inner City

Sleeps: 18 in 8 units/rooms

Riviera Hotel

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Durban Beachfront

0.7km East of The Emmanuel Cathedral - Durban Inner City

The Riviera Hotel is a modern attractively decorated low budget tourist hotel offering excellent value and friendly efficient service.

Botany Bay Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Berea, Durban

1.3km West of The Emmanuel Cathedral - Durban Inner City

Our lodge has en-suite bedrooms with tv's fans and air conditioners for those balmy Durban evenings. We also offer safe off-street parking, pool bar, laundry / maid service and a fully fitted communal kitchen for your self catering requirments...

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Sleeps: 32 in 8 units/rooms

Villa La Palma

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Glenwood, Durban

1.8km South West of The Emmanuel Cathedral - Durban Inner City

All our units are equipped with cooling and heating air-conditioners for your comfort as well as TV, Hi-Fi, DVD Player and a large selection of satellite and local channels for your easy viewing. Tea, coffee and bottled water is complimentary and ...

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Chelsea Villa Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Glenwood, Durban

1.8km South West of The Emmanuel Cathedral - Durban Inner City

Built in 1890, Chelsea Villa Guest House is one of the original Victorian Homes in the area. Great care has been taken to preserve most of the original fixtures during times of renovation and decorating, to ensure that the house maintains the ...

Sleeps: 6

10th Avenue

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Morningside, Durban

2.0km North West of The Emmanuel Cathedral - Durban Inner City

This is a newly-decorated 3 bedroomed, 2 bathroomed simplex in Durban's fashionable Morningside, within a few minutes' walk from Greyville Racecourse, shops and restaurants, and within a few minutes' drive of all Durban's amenities

4 Isabella Gardens

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Morningside, Durban

2.1km North West of The Emmanuel Cathedral - Durban Inner City

4 Isabella Gardens is a lovely 3 bedroom (6 sleeper) duplex in 7th Avenue, Morningside, Durban. It is within walking distance to Greyville Racecourse, Avondale Spar, Argyle Road Spur, Florida Road with all its pubs and restaurants.

Sleeps: 15 in 3 units/rooms

Penney Private Holiday Flats

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Durban Beachfront

2.2km North East of The Emmanuel Cathedral - Durban Inner City

Penney Holiday Flats, budget accommodation, only 1 minute's walk to Durban's main beach area, making it ideal accommodation for holiday makers looking for sun, sea and sand.

Acorn Bed & Breakfast in Durban

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Berea, Durban

2.2km North West of The Emmanuel Cathedral - Durban Inner City

Acorn Bed & Breakfast in Durban, an oasis of graciousness and tranquility in Durban's exclusive Berea, has every modern convenience, yet retains the old-worlde impeccable service and style of yester-year.

Sleeps: 4

Durban Beachfront Windermere Penthouse Flat

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Durban Beachfront

2.2km North East of The Emmanuel Cathedral - Durban Inner City

Durban Beachfront (N Beach) 4person Penthouse Self Catering Holiday Flat on Marine Parade. Full views of beachfront and north side of city.

Penthouse North Beach

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Durban Beachfront

2.3km North East of The Emmanuel Cathedral - Durban Inner City

The Penthouse is situated in the heart of Durbans Golden Mile, and literally opposite Durbans North Beach. The Penthouse is on the fourth Floor and has an exclusive access to the rooftop. It is private and secluded with some wonderful ocean views of the