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Address: Soweto, South Africa
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US$49.15*
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Soweto Township Tour from Johannesburg or Pretoria
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Chilling tour of historical event

During the tour of the church where students fled during protests in the mid 1970s, the guide points out the bullet holes in ceiling. Hundreds of students were killed--"murdered... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 14 December 2016
Judith D
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Berkeley, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

During the tour of the church where students fled during protests in the mid 1970s, the guide points out the bullet holes in ceiling. Hundreds of students were killed--"murdered" is a more accurate word. Gives you the shivers. The tour is excellent. This is another must-see in Soweto. Be sure to look at the guest book, signed by Michelle Obama,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

We really enjoyed visiting the Regina Mundi Church! There guide provided us with an excellent tour and visiting the upstairs gallery was fascinating, as those before we too added our names to the wall! A guided tour of this church is highly recommended!

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Pennington, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

This Catholic church dates back to 1961. It is the site of a student anti-apartheid protest in 1976 which culminated in 500 students being shot and killed by police. Bullet holes can still be seen in the ceiling and eaves of the church. My wife and I were also shown a couple of the original plastic windows with bullet holes.... More 

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Fairfield, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

It's everything the other reviewer have written and more, there's not much more to add. This church played an important role, providing a place for the student to meet and make their plans. We highly recommend a visit here with a guide to truly appreciate the role of the church and the building.

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Scotland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

Interesting and atmospheric place, hearing about its past from a member of the congregation, with the history of the church depicted on the stain glass windows and inspiring how it is looking to the future.

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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

The carefully crafted stained glasses tell the great history of the South Africa and in particular the struggle against apartheid. The tour guide was amazing in mixing the sobering experience and current affairs globally. The tour takes at least half an hour. Upstairs you read more about SOWETO and its evolving history.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2016

We visited this place on May, 16, 2016. The entire visit of SoWeTo is about Apartheid history and the atrocities of that regime. A natural next stop after visiting Hector Pietersons museum. One narrator took us around this place and he explained in detail, the brutal police firing on a harmless crowd of 2000 plus people. The church looks very... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2016

I was brought here by my taxi driver during my tour of Soweto. Apparently it is one of the largest Roman Catholic churches in Africa and on the later Sunday service they can nearly reach their capacity of 2,000. A modern quite functional church in some ways but some colourful stained glass windows. I had quite a lively young lady... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2016

You have to go inside in order to understand the size of this church. The story of the uprising is depicted beautifully in stained glass windows.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2015

If you have visited the Hector Pietersen Museum, then to my mind, this is the next logical place to visit for it was here that many students sought a safe-haven from the violence during that fateful day in 1976. Bullet holes are still evident in the roof of the church. Our guide placed us in the capable hands of a... More 

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