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. Add Cardboard Cathedral and other attractions to your Christchurch trip itinerary using our Christchurch day trip planner .
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  • Strictly speaking, not actually made of just cardboard, but what an inspiring building - and a real example of the resilience of the inhabitants of Christchurch after such a devastating earthquake.  more »
  • My husband and I went up the gondola on a fair to good weather day so maybe my opinion is a little jaded by the fact that it wasn't sunny and beautiful. The views were 360 but things just looked hazy....  more »
  • Christchurch is still recovering from the major earthquake 7 years ago. In many ways it's an inspiring city to be in, when you see what has been achieved in rebuilding/renewing the city. One of the ma...  more »
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