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185 Empty White Chairs - Earthquake Memorial

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Address: Corner of Cashel and Madras Street, Christchurch, New Zealand
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a moving place of respect for the many who lost their lives

this give you a moment to think and to remember that mankind has to be contious of environment. i wish it would be better signed to find it.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Konrad E
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Schwindegg, Germany
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Schwindegg, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

this give you a moment to think and to remember that mankind has to be contious of environment. i wish it would be better signed to find it.

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Auckland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We walked for what seemed like hours to me to get to this exhibit in the middle of a rubbled area and the hot Christchurch sun, but it was more than worth it when I got there! 185 different types of white chairs, some with roses attached and some with cushions on, all waiting for people to sit on and... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I know that this memorial splits opinion and has not found universal acceptance amongst relatives of those who died in the earthquake. However I found it moving and very evocative of loss. Stand there and decide for yourself.

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Thank cmwilson2016
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It's an interesting memorial to check out if it is already on your route. I wouldn't go out of your way to see it though.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We walked from our hotel early on a warm Saturday morning. We were wordless. Although you see the destruction that the earthquake(s) brought to Christchurch, this Memorial brought it down to a human level. You must see this, and must give yourself the time needed to really absorb the human tragedy.

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winton
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited this out of respect for those who were lost in the earthquake. But it really looked all just a bit sad and neglected. It was well done and is a poignant reminder but seemed as though it had done its dash.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This was great to see emotional and a beautiful memorial. I only gave it a four only because right now a lot of construction on sidewalks to get to it and in some ways adds to the emotional feel

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Romford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is just over the road from the CTV building (no longer there) where 185 people died in the earthquake. Each chair represents a death on that building. While there we also mettle artist and he explained in detail bout the exhibit. For example the baby chair represents the single baby that died.

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Tempe, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Well worth a stop by while in the city. The memorial is very touching and interesting. A great way to remember those lost during the earthquake.

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Please take a few minutes to appreciate and stand contemplating. This is a now permanent work of art and a memorial to the unfortunate who died in the earthquake.

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