A Lutheran church in the heart of Tanzania, Azania Front Lutheran Church in Dar es Salaam shatters all marketed perspectives about the country and Africa in general, revolving around sandy beaches, scorching deserts, safaris and flourishing wildlife. A magnificent construction that seems to break the architectural landscape of the city, with its red-roofed bell tower overlooking the harbour and a Gothic interior that seems to encourage spiritual elevation, Azania Front Lutheran Church is one of the city’s landmarks.
Built in 1898 by German missionaries, the church was the centre of the German mission in Tanzania. The tiled canopies above the windows, the bright white walls and the stained-glass windows are hallmarks of the Bavarian architectural style. Now it serves as a cathedral and holy place for the diocese and continues to be used for services and choir rehearsals. You can sometimes hear the singing from the street.
Every Sunday morning at 9am the English mass begins. All other services are held in Kiswahili.
From the bell tower, you can enjoy a wonderful panorama of the city.
Offering you a bit of European culture in the heart of Africa, Azania Front Lutheran Church is the perfect illustration of colonial cultural influence and multiculturalism.
From the Horse’s Mouth:
“The church stands pretty much the way it stood at its inauguration in 1899, the altar is made of dark tropical wood and the carving says: "I leave you the peace and I give you mine" which is a word game towards the translation of Dar es Salaam - which is "house of peace". Worth a visit, if locked guide will open for interested tourists.” (FOL – 1003)
“I went to visit this church a few years ago with my cousin who was on vacation in Tanzania. He is a pastor, so I thought it would be interesting to see this historic church. And it was really interesting! Especially going up in the bell tower- we paid a little extra for our private tour up the bell tower and it was really worth it!” (ETSinTZ)