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Cardboard Cathedral

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Address: 234 Hereford St, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
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+64 3-366 0046
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Unique, modern, minimalistic cathedral

Certainly unique in terms of what you would expect of a cathedral. But it has a very modern and minimalistic design, and I found it attractive even though I am more impressed by... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Certainly unique in terms of what you would expect of a cathedral. But it has a very modern and minimalistic design, and I found it attractive even though I am more impressed by the architecture of older churches. Very close to the "white chairs" memorial.

Thank Roobydoo5
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was a must-see for me after seeing it on the list of things to do in Christchurch. The photos were incredible but seeing the cathedral in person was a whole other experience! The giant stained glass window at the front is beautiful and the inside of the church is amazing and modern - very minimalistic. They are very happy... More 

Thank Liam E
Reading, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Special place. Out of the ashes so to speak. Gives people somewhere to go to reflect upon what happened on that fateful day. A very well crafted, unique building.

Thank Mike J
Coventry, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This cathedral was close to our hotel so we made our way through the roadworks to have a look. Iit is an impressive modern place of worship. We were there on a Sunday just after Christmas but managed to miss any service so had a look inside. Nice big area with lots of light and smart architecture.made on a budget.

Thank SteveS1970
Stamford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This is worth a visit just for its unusual construction - the roof is held up by big cardboard tubes. Don't forget to make a donation when you visit to help with the restoration.

Thank sjmmarsh
Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I think it would look much nicer at night!! But even so it was worth going during the day. If you are into traditional cathedrals you will find it disappointing. It was a small, simple, modern and rather boring design, but of course it wasn't meant to be a old gothic cathedral anyway. It was nice inside, clean spacious and... More 

Thank deejayjin22
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were lucky enough to arrive just as the Choral Evening Song was beginning. It was a nice way to experience this church and the choir sang really well!

Thank Brooklyn228
Hunter Valley, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Spoilt a great landmark. Should have been rebuilt it stone by stone. This cardboard monstrosity is a poor excuse for a replacement. Waste of money.

Thank CandE_Evans
Victoria, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This temporary structure is an engineering marvel and well worth the visit especially if you first view the earthquake destruction of the original cathedral. Who knew cardboard tubes and sea containers could make such an amazing church.

Thank MFK4
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This very unusual building with its cardboard tubes is an inspiration following the 2011 earthquake. It is a marvellous structure which has been put together very quickly but hopefully will survive long into the future.

Thank AberdeenMusicman

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