Christchurch Cathedral, Christchurch

(3.6/5 based on 500+ reviews on the web)
Originally built between 1864 and 1904, Christchurch Cathedral once stood as the beautiful Gothic Revival seat for the Bishop of Christchurch. Since its construction, however, it has sustained gradual damage from earthquakes--most notably in February 2011. The disaster destroyed the spire and tower, and further damage continued in later earthquakes. Its former community now worships at a new home, and visitors can only view the outside of the cathedral ruins. Put Christchurch Cathedral into our Christchurch tourist route planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Sad to see it closed off with barriers. Nonetheless and interesting ten minutes spent viewing and contemlating the extent of earthquake damage. 
  • It was good to see but sad to see it not finished, a beautiful building. They have done well to put up areas so people can see the progress. 
  • Now that it still is in a State of ruins. Also no more restored Gated viewing from a distance only. Surrounding the modern sculpture,
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  • Having visited the Cathedral years ago, it was very sad to see it all broken, and to hear there is an argument going on to rebuild or demolish and move on. I think it should be made safe and let it be a memorial to those who lost their lives and were injured on that awful day. These days we are too quick to demolish and move on. Some things need to be kept as a reminder as once was, and to remember.
  • It used to stand majestically in the centre of town, something you could see from a far now it just sits there as a reminder of the bad times but also gives inspiration, you could walk nearby and stand and take a picture in a designated area
  • Had the pleasure of seeing it before the earthquake and it was absolutely stunning in and out. So much history and the detail was one of a kind.
  • Still not being restored. What a shame
  • It seems forever stop operation, but the city center and culture is developing surrounding.