Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The Swiss Church at Mandomai

Swiss Protestant missionaries built this Church in 1807 with local people, who they had trained as carpenters.

Made in a traditional glass town in Germany, the magnificent stained glass window is one of only 2 in the world. The other one is in Brazil.

The carpentry school, located behind the Church, was established in 1946, when it was clear that the wood working skills of the people were of a very high standard, and could be developed even further by training. Working by traditional methods, this workshop produces high quality cabinets, tables and chairs for the local and export markets.

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