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Cardboard Cathedral

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Address: 234 Hereford St, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Amazing Architecture

This transitional CARDBOARD Cathedral is a truly amazing piece of Architecture. We went there knowing of not only the Cathedral but the Friday Evensong with the Cathedral Boys... read more

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Mount Barker, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This transitional CARDBOARD Cathedral is a truly amazing piece of Architecture. We went there knowing of not only the Cathedral but the Friday Evensong with the Cathedral Boys Choir. Make sure you visit,as it may not be visited by some day tours, as we found out the next day.

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Perth, Australia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Put the money in to knocking down the old one or rebuild it but do something the people of Christchurch deserve it

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Walking around Christchurch came to he Cardboard Cathedral just before sung evensong, so stayed for this with the boys choir providing a beautiful experience, to round off a day's tour

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It's wonderful to see this brilliant example of the Japanese 'emergency architect's - Shigeru Ban's work. Despite the tragic destruction of their home Cathedral this Christian community fights on. We were fortunate to be there during Evensong to hear the beautiful voices of the Cathedral School boys choir. Hard to believe that the internal 'beams' are cardboard. Inspirational.

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Horsham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This was our first time to Christchurch and we were quite shocked by the amount of construction that is still going on. This building has a beauty through its simplicity. Although I believe it is only temporary, estimated lifetime of 50 years, it represented to me part of the early green shoots of a city being reborn.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Last week we visited the Cardboard Cathedral. To realize that all components of this "temporary" structure are truly made from inexpensive, and ingeniously designed paper and plastic products, was so impressive. The Cathedral is an important stop on any visit to Christchurch--as it symbolizes this city's determination to rise from the ashes, and it's core Christian values.

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Chester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It was quite distressing visiting Christchurch again, seeing the devistation, but this building is beautiful and a symbol of the city going forward. I was actually expecting to see more cardboard than there was! It is a beautiful modern and functional building.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This lovely space is an oasis amidst the chaos of the rebuilding of central Christchurch. The docents are quite knowledgeable and rightly proud of their cathedral.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I wished I had thought to come to the church when I first got to NZ, but left it for the last day and it was closed. I remember reading about this years ago and never connected the church with Christchurch. Somehow no one seemed to mention it as a highlight.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

You have to see the earthquake damage to understand how important this cathedral was and is. When nearly everything in the city center was damaged or destroyed and there was extreme urgency in addressing physical needs, someone remembered that the people of Christchurch might need a place to go to address spiritual needs - so many churches were damaged or... More 

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