Cardboard Cathedral, Christchurch

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Church Landmark
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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  • We just had to see a cathedral made from cardboard that is supposed to last 50 years. While the cardboard is covered with a plastic material on the outside, it is nonetheless interesting to see the co...  more »
  • I was not sure what I was going to see ,well I can tell you that I was taken back by its beauty and peacefulness . I found it left me with a feeling of what a lovely place to be married in or to have ...  more »
  • An interesting building. Very busy with visitors and tourists but still peaceful place to pray and reflect.  more »