St. Barbara Parish, Tsumeb, Namibia

NOVEMBER 2006 – St. Barbara Parish in Tsumeb, Namibia. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

On our trip from Windhoek to the Etosha National Park in Namibia we stopped at Tsumeb which is known for its mining industry that began in 1905 when the first mine was commercially deployed in Tsumeb. Quickly, the city became a mine city and grew significantly. You can still admire the De Wet shaft head frame in the main street. It was the main entrance to the mine when it was still operational. The city of Tsumeb calls the mine the “Grand Old Lady of Namibian mining”, because it was operational for several decades, until it stopped production in 1996.

When we were visiting Tsumeb in 2006, we did a walk through the city and found St. Barbara Parish, a beautiful roman catholic church built in 1913 and home to an active community. Its name stems from the Holy Barbara, patron of the miners.

I admire the fact that the church appears to be in perfect condition despite its 100+ year history. No surprise it was named a National Monument of Namibia in 1990.

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time28-NOV-2006, 11:52
LocationTsumeb, Namibia
CameraCanon EOS-1Ds Mark II
LensCanon EF 24-70 mm 2.8 L USM
Exposure1/160 sec at f/16
Digital Image Source FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, AdobeRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions4702 x 3135 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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