Cardboard Cathedral, Christchurch

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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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  • A "must see" simply because the name is alluring. Much of the internal structure and fittings are constructed from cardboard tube and flatboard. 
  • Cool⋯搭了十幾個小時飛機,中轉澳洲來到基督城,難得一見的紙教堂,但是也見證了2011年基督城大地震對於都市的徹底破壞,到處都是復原的工地!同時,我也見識到紐西蘭人不向命運低頭的一面,日常生活絲毫不受影響⋯⋯ 
  • You don't need to spend a fortune to get insight into the reason for this place being what it is. It really is a symbol for what the folks of CHC stand for. If you are truely trying to fathom the expe...  more »