Visit Paternoster
Visit Paternoster
Visit Paternoster
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Did you know

  • Paternoster means ‘our father’ in Latin. The village is said to be named for the grateful prayers of Portuguese shipwreck survivors, but this is mere speculation.
  • There are three other known Paternosters in the world: an island and lighthouse off the coast of Sweden, a valley on Signy island in Antarctica, and the square in front of St Paul’s Cathedral in London.
  • Cape Columbine lighthouse, near Paternoster, was the last manned lighthouse to be built along the South African coastline – in 1936. The light can be seen for 50km and one keeper still mans the lighthouse.
  • There are ancient Strandloper middens dotted around the village.
  • In old times, an extensive natural cave network along the coast was used to hide loot from sunken ships.
  • Two ships named ‘Columbine’ have sunk off Paternoster.
  • Columbine lighthouse is the first one sighted by ships coming from Europe.
  • There are 247 known ship wrecks between Paternoster and Dassen Island, 100 km further south.
  • The Paternoster Hotel was the first hotel established by the Tollman family, who now own the international Red Carnation hotel group.
  • Redro fishpaste was originally manufactured in Paternoster in the 1930s and there was a crawfish (crayfish) canning factory in the village too.
  • Tietiesbaai, adjacent to Paternoster is named to commemorate a popular fisherman Jacob Titus, who drowned there.
  • People born and bred in Paternoster are known as ‘mosselvreters’ or mussel eaters.
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