Cardboard Cathedral, Christchurch
(4/5 based on 1,100+ 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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  • Worth the short walk from Cathedral Square to see this "other" cathedral in ChCh...truly unique. Cardboard rolls line the inner ceilings. 
  • I'm not religious, and while I get the sentiment of the place, it's not that interesting. Maybe if you like church? 
  • We spent 30 minutes looking for the cathedral and were underwhelmed by it. Guess it is a substitute while a new cathedral is built but not a have to