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185 Empty White Chairs - Earthquake Memorial

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Corner of Cashel and Madras Street, Christchurch, New Zealand
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Remembering those killed in quake

The chairs are a simple remembrance of those who were killed in the 2011 quake; white chairs... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
nickss1
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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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Unique and sad

This is a very moving tribute to those who died in the earthquake. Unusual and sobering A time... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
HKinsey
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Paraparaumu, New Zealand
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Corner of Cashel and Madras Street, Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The chairs are a simple remembrance of those who were killed in the 2011 quake; white chairs representing those who died. There is no guide or major information centre for the memorial, just an information board. It should be visited while in Christchurch

Thank nickss1
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a very moving tribute to those who died in the earthquake. Unusual and sobering A time to reflect

Thank HKinsey
Reviewed 5 days ago

come along pause for a moment and remember them. each chair for each person who died in the quake. brought tears to my eyes, especially seeing the baby carrier.

Thank Ginny S
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's kinda different and cool, and different as far as memorials go, but at the end of the day you're literally just looking at a space filled with white chairs. You wouldn't generally spend more than five minutes there. It deserves a brief wander though...More

Thank jasonmxv
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a beautiful tribute to those that lost their life in the earthquake. It was not a planned memorial but I do hope that Christchurch finds a way to make it a permanent memorial. It's easily found, a block behind the cardboard cathedral. You...More

Thank drjandthemissus
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So sad and so moving is this magnificent yet simple monument to So many life's taken way too early Please visit it and understand what this tribute means to all kiwis

Thank Maree57
Reviewed 1 week ago

This memorial to those who lost their lives in the 2011 earthquake is especially poignant because of the variety of chairs standing together. Especially moving are the child's seat, a high chair, and a wheel chair, reminding us that natural disasters can touch lives of...More

Thank Suzanne E
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stunning and provocative memorial to a natural disaster that claimed so many lives. A place of calm and reflection, and it seems to provoke different emotions and thoughts for different people. For me personally it brought about the following thought.... "Timely reminder for me to...More

Thank SBH1666
Reviewed 1 week ago

A startling reminder of the lives lost and the impact this had on those left behind. You are encouraged to take the time to sit in a chair that speaks to you where you can remember a loved one whether from the earthquake or from...More

Thank Barb L
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited the '185 Empty Chairs' today just below the 'Cardboard Cathedral'. I am impressed by the mindfulness that has created this unusual sacred space. Beginning as a temporary exhibition a year after the earthquake, six years on, it is still in existence. Each chair represents...More

Thank Ceridwen888
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