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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  • After a pleasant walk from the Octagon, we arrived the beautiful Knox Church. Like the St Joseph's Cathedral, it has a grand facade and Scottish-influenced architectural style. The interior is also el...  more »
  • I feel this is not the place to explore the attractions the locals to visit the town this goes well with pretty directly to the Church. Although a little off from the center of the city on the way to the University of Otago is located on the left side of the page and you're on the way to a hearing (10 minutes walk from the Centre). Across South Korea, entering the restaurant is quite reasonably suggests to me a local popular place.
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  • In the vicinity of the Otago Museum is this neo-Gothic church, style is reminiscent of the train station, and is inside a church with stunning stained glass Windows.
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