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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 very sad depiction of the lost souls. Very respectful. Pleased I went to see it. Very well maintained and near the Cardboard Cathedral

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Brenda C
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Hastings, New Zealand
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Hastings, New Zealand
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A very sad depiction of the lost souls. Very respectful. Pleased I went to see it. Very well maintained and near the Cardboard Cathedral

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Thank Brenda C
Hobart, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 270 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The concept of an empty chair is not new. Paintings by Van Gogh and Gauguin remembered friends who had died. This installation is a stark reminder of those who lost their lives in the earthquakes and it is difficult to look at the variety of chairs representing the diversity of lives without feeling emotional

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Thank Tina M
Christchurch, New Zealand
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148 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

They retain their special place in our hearts, looking towards the area where so many were lost. Each chair echos a person, the loss and whiteness makes stark the scale. A photo stop but more appropriate to stand and just think, remember and appreciate the special memories.

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Thank PauleLec
Christchurch, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

A must-see for locals & travelers --a poignant dedication to the lives lost on February 11, 2011. Travellers!! Please don't sit in the chairs. It's disrespectful.

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Thank KaterinaLees
Christchurch, New Zealand
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212 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

UNless you have center mental value there isnt really a reason to go visit chairs that have bee painted white. It looks trashy and there are new areas with memorial areas

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Thank claire_beer
Newcastle, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Gives you a kick in the stomach to see the baby seats and wheelchairs!!....even or me who visits chch often, always akes me stop and remember

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Thank millsy123
Fingal Bay, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We just didn't relize the devasation of this earthquake till we saw Christchurch inperson ...... so sad to see the white chairs but a graphic rememberance to those that were lost

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Thank llocnil
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A small art installation, in an isolated and desolate part of the city, making the experience all a little odd

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Thank Darren F
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Very moving to the point of haunting. An emotional and fitting tribute. Well worth the visit. Near the CTV site.

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Thank HelenP03
Perth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

In many ways, this simple but moving memorial summed up to me the Christchurch response to the 2011 earthquake. Just 185 chairs sitting in an open space. You're welcome to walk through and sit on them. No hushed voices. Traffic going by. And, yet, this felt like real lives that had been lost. Recommended.

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