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. Add Cardboard Cathedral and other attractions to your Christchurch trip itinerary using our Christchurch day trip planner .
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  • The staff were lovely and very hospitable. It was amazing to see the architecture and learn more about how CHC is surviving post-earthquake.  more »
  • Although I have no links with this City, I was moved to tears standing in this "temporary structure" It was an experience I would recommend to all travellers to this wonderful City and a testament to ...  more »
  • A very cleaver and simple way to help bring the city forward. Recommend visiting especially those who are interested in architecture  more »

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