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Cardboard Cathedral

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Address: 234 Hereford St, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
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Cardboard but enduring

The innovative design is impressive, as is the acoustics. There is a feeling of strength and resilience in this building, and the undaunted spirit of Christchurch the city.

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Perth, Australia
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

The innovative design is impressive, as is the acoustics. There is a feeling of strength and resilience in this building, and the undaunted spirit of Christchurch the city.

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England
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 228 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Sadly, they are still discussing what to do with the damaged building, but meanwhile what a great way to building a temporary cathedral using cardboard tubes and storage containers. It was great to see how materials can be adapted and used to help worshipping God. It was a please#ure to talk to the staff and volunteers about their hopes for... More 

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Croydon, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited here briefly during our one day in Christchurch and glad we did. Not only do you see a lot of the damage to the city on the walk out but you also see what can be done for relatively low cost in a short amount of time. This is a beautiful modern cathedral and definitely worth a look inside.

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Fingal Bay, Australia
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Just so amazing to venture in this cathedral to see!! Well worth the look inside & the effort on that rainy cold day - just so remarkabely constructed to imagine it's actually cardboard - loved it!

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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I love the way the officially named "Transitional Cathedral" is known to all as the "Cardboard Cathedral". Because, that's what it is. This is a spectacular space which has been achieved with very temporary products. It still feels solemn and reverential, without losing the optimism and hope that I felt everywhere in Christchurch. This is a good place.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

A true monument to the resilience of those in Christchurch recovering from the recent earthquakes. A truly unique church, make from cardboard.

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This church has been built by the congregation while the old cathedral's future is the subject of politics. The church has been built with 4 containers on each side and rafters made of laminated beams and covered by cardboard cylinders. Even the pulpit and choir stands are made of cardboard cilinders. A volunteer guide will talk you through the building... More 

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Can Tho, Vietnam
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Easy to find and we parked nearby for free and the people inside were very friendly, telling us info about it and then giving us directions to walk into cathedral square to get idea of the cyclone damage

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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

A moving inspiration to the ingenuity of mankind. And testament to the need of many to have a place to worship or contemplate the world around them. Whilst its only a temporary structure till a new home is built or restored - I think that any visit to Christchurch should include a quick stop here. I was here early before... More 

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Marsascala, Malta
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Yes, it is famous and might be a landmark for some people. But It's just a church... Just come, have a look and go.

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