Christchurch Cathedral, Christchurch

(3.6/5 based on 550+ 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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  • Our Ibis Hotel was very close to Cathedral Square so we walked to see the devastating effect the Earthquake had on the City centre including the Cathedral which a local told us was a bone of contentio...  more »
  • My daughter remembered the beautiful cathedral with its tower as it was before the 2011 'quake.She was shocked at its present state. We both feel it should be restored as far as possible, regardless o...  more »
  • Unsure as to why restoring the Cathedral is taking so long but hopefully the final result will be as beautiful as what it was before the earthquake.  more »
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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.
  • Amazing reminder of the tragedy that befell the city. See it while you still get the chance.
  • Since the city doesn't know what to do with it, it's a reminder of the damage that Christchurch suffered during the earthquake. A part of history to see.
  • Depressing reminder of how devastating a earthquake can be.
  • 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.