Oudtshoorn, St. Nicholas Catholic Church
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On the East side of Oudtshoorn lies the St Nicholas Catholic Church. Next to the church is a thin and large tower that houses a set of three steel bells, one on top of the other. The inscriptions on the bells are rather minimal. Just above the knee the three bells carry the emblem of the Bochumer Verein and the date 1960. Apart from that each bell has its own inscription below the shoulder. The inscription on the largest bell is AD INFINITUM DEO GLORIAM (To God’s Glory till the end of times), on the middle MAGNIFICAT ANIMA MEA (My heart rejoices) and on the smallest SANCTE NICHOLAE ORA PRO NOBIS (Saint Nicholas pray for us). All three bells are quite rusted, something we haven’t noticed on any of the bronze bells in the dry Karoo area.
- Oudtshoorn