Christchurch Cathedral, Christchurch

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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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  • When you visit Christchurch you cannot help but be drawn to the remains of the cathedral. It's very sad to see it in its present state but it's a powerful reminder of the shaky ground that the city st...  more »
  • I never saw the Cathedral as it once stood, but over the years since the earthquakes, I have seen it get worse and worse. The majesty of the building can still be seen, though it is now housing for pi...  more »
  • It is amazing to see the work that is going on to compensate for the devastation from the earthquake that surrounds you. There is s real sense that the people will not let this get in their way. Reall...  more »
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  • Sad to see, hope they find the funds to restore the church.
  • 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.

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Where to stay in Christchurch

Offering an extensive range of hotels, hostels, motels with kitchens, and campsites, Christchurch makes a great place to set up camp as you explore the city and beyond. The greatest diversity of accommodations clusters in the city center next to North and South Hagley parks. You'll find apartments, boutique and luxury hotels, and backpacker hostels in the central district and towards the coast, while cheaper places to stay--such as motels, RV parks, and economy hotels--dot the outskirts and the area surrounding the airport.
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