Cardboard Cathedral, Christchurch

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#1 of 18 in Historic Sites in Christchurch
Constructed in just 11 months, Cardboard Cathedral was built as a temporary structure to replace the Anglican Cathedral of Christchurch. The original church sustained major damage in the earthquake of February 2011, leaving worshipers bereft. In response, "disaster architect" Shigeru Ban designed this transitional church pro bono, constructing it from cardboard tubes, timber, steel, and shipping containers. Enter this unusual house of worship to appreciate its simple beauty and ingenious design. Staff and volunteers are on hand to explain more about the church and its significance to the city's population. Plan your visit to Cardboard Cathedral and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Christchurch holiday planner.
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  • August 16, 2017
    I was a little cynical about this after all the furore about whether the old cathedral should be pulled down or rebuilt and the cost of this being a waste of cash but I take back what I thought. Don't...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    Cool to see what they have done in the interim after the earthquakes. The ladies inside were very nice. Worth a short visit.  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    Although we intended just a short visit out of curiosity, we stayed for almost an hour talking to one of the volunteers who gave us a great background to its construction and architectural detailing. ...  more »

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