Thursday, November 10, 2011

An Italian in Africa

At the top of Rubbi Road in the seaside village/suburb of Kommetjie, with gorgeous views over Long Beach, is this very Italianate Catholic Church of St Josephs. It was built in memory of Joseph Rubbi, who was born in the village of Marostica, near Padua in Italy, in 1873, and who came to South Africa where he became a successful builder and prominent citizen of Cape Town. There is quite a lot about the chapel and the man on this Cape Town Family History Society webpage.


  1. I've read there are sometimes concerts there.

  2. Imagine having a church built in your name. What an honor. I love the paving visible through the gate in the second pic.