Nieu-Bethesda, a charming village set in the fertile valley of the Sneeuberg Mountains near Graaff Reinet is so secluded that development took a back seat leaving a rare historical integrity.

It has become a popular retreat for artists and because of its unique appeal, Nieu Bethesda is a place that no visitor should miss. It is Helen Martins, creator of the mystical and unforgettable Owl House and Camel Yard, who has immortalised Nieu-Bethesda. It was here that she gave life and form to her unique vision, by transforming her modest house and garden with glass and cement. Now run as a museum, and known internationally as a remarkable example of outsider art.

Nieu-Bethesda's SurroundingsNieu-Bethesda's Surroundings
Town's ChurchTown's Church
Helen Martin's owl house artHelen Martin's owl house art
Helen Martin's cement figurinesHelen Martin's cement figurines

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