Cardboard Cathedral, Christchurch

Categories: Churches, Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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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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  • The earthquake of 2011 brought down a large portion of the downtown area including major damage to their famous Cathedral. The "temporary" Cathedral is literally made out of cardboard and is very func...  read more »
  • Why Christchurch cannot just get on and rebuild a real cathedral is beyond me. Soma has built a magnificent pne and NZ has a cardboard on. Really? 
  • Quite amazing and very interesting how it was made. It's a bit sad walking around the city and seeing all that's gone but worth it. 
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