Knox Church, Dunedin

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Knox Church is a notable building in Dunedin, New Zealand. It houses the city's second Presbyterian congregation and is the city's largest church of any denomination. Situated close to the university at the northern end of the CBD on George Street it is visible from much of the central city.
It was designed by Robert Lawson in the 13th century Gothic style and construction began in 1872. It is the second building for the congregation. The first, completed in 1860, was the second Presbyterian church in the settlement. It was a large wooden structure sited in Great King Street, close to the University of Otago Faculty of Dentistry building. Though this was only ever intended to be a short-term home for the Knox congregation the onset of the Central Otago Gold Rush intensified the need for a larger, permanent structure.
Church officials held a competition which was won by Lawson. His plans, however, would have exceeded the church's £5,000 budget and the deacons fell back on a design by David Ross. Because he insisted on employing an inspector of works who "could be bought at any time with a pot of beer", Ross's contract was annulled within two months. The church authorities approached Lawson again and he took over the project. (Ross successfully sued but was awarded a mere £2 in damages.).
The building eventually cost £17,757 and was opened on November 5, 1876. Constructed of bluestone from quarries close to the Water of Leith, and with Oamaru stone dressings and spire, its plan forms a Latin cross, with a nave 30 metres in length and 22 metres in average width. The spire rises to a height of 51 metres. Unusually for a New Zealand church, it contains two pipe organs, a large Hill, Norman, & Beard one installed in 1931 and extensively refurbished in 1974, and a smaller oak-case instrument originally installed in a church in Christchurch.
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  • Located on George St. it's just outside the downdown core and a worthwhile stop on your way to the botanical gardens, university or Baldwin St. If opened, you can't miss the large entrance doors...  more »
  • A beautiful church that has lovely stained glass windows, lots of history and tranquility and beauty. Love the history of these old churches  more »
  • Another stunning heritage building - you could be forgiven for thinking you were in England! Lovely interior with quite a lot of stained glass. Situated in a more modern area of town, it stands out....  more »
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  • One of the many churches in Dunedin. This was the first one we came across as we were heading to the Rob Roy Dairy down the road. The Church is quite ornate and the spire quite tall. They also had white flags against family violence along the fence when we were there. We just looked around the outside to take photos and didn't go inside.
  • This Church has some amazing architecture and it was just unfortunate that we were too early for it be opened to the public. I would have love to look inside for my self but I tried to take in as much as I could from all around this almost medieval style building... loved it.
  • What a wonderful church with amazing acoustics. It has both upstairs and downstairs seating. Downstairs has wooden pews with foam squabs for a little bit of comfort. There are pull down wooden steps in front of the seats for kneeling on in prayer - should you wish to kneel. I found the temperature quite cold so if you are there on a cool day you will need to wrap up warm. There is a pipe organ and grand piano
  • Beautiful old church in very Central Dunedin.
  • Beautiful historical church

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