South Coast exploring

st elmos church

Holidays are for drinking G&Ts and stumbling across places like St Elmos Convent

Nothing says ‘holiday’ like accidentally driving into an old convent and hearing a baby scream when no-one else is around. Yes I like to live on the edge (as long as I go home to a cloud bed).

St Elmos Convent is a historical building in Umzumbe that used to be a school and a retreat for nuns nearly 100 years ago. Now most of it sits derelict with parts of the building featuring cool graffiti, colonial architecture and overgrown plants. Basically the coolest/scariest place to go wondering..

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The property has a bunch of different buildings but the main feature is definitely the church, which is locked up but if you look through the windows you can get a glimpse. With it’s original features, beautiful floors, stain glass windows and large wooden doors opening up to a sea view it’s quite a site to see.

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The other big building looks like an old house, the rooms are huge with wide passages and arched windows. Some of the rooms are quite strange like there’s one with no windows just a door. Another is situated right at the back of the property and has jail bars on the windows. If it was a house, it was a pretty strange one. explore, south africa umzume graffiti travel looks

I tried to look up some info on the land and the most I could find was that it was up for auction a few years ago and there was speculation that it would get renovated into a hotel. For now it seems to get used by drug users (based on my investigation skills) and photographers who hire the space out as a set.

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Top: Slick / Shorts: H&M / Shoes: Beach store / Sunglasses: Ray-Ban / Bag: gift from India

All in all it was definitely an interesting place to stumble upon. Afterwards we went to the famous Waffle House in Ramsgate, which made all the walking around St Elmos worth it. I got the banoffee waffle and it was delicious!

Jules,

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