Cardboard Cathedral, Christchurch

(4.1/5 based on 1,400+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Built after the Earthquake by a Japanese architect to serve as a temporary place of Worship and is a wonderful peace place.  more »
  • Attened service on Good Friday and must say that after the Quakes in 2011, this Cathedral building is built with a lot of taste and conveys a great message to one and all. MUST VISIT--Overall 8/10  more »
  • With the Anglican Cathedral severely damaged by the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011, the worshiping community is meeting in a transitional cathedral. It is very unique and has a fascinating history of it...  more »