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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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Just coming up to the 6th Anniversary, this physical and poignant symbol of the tragic loss of life is very moving. Seeing the devastation still evident in the city still, it is... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Just coming up to the 6th Anniversary, this physical and poignant symbol of the tragic loss of life is very moving. Seeing the devastation still evident in the city still, it is incredible that more lives weren't lost. Our thoughts remain with the family and friends of the victims and for the people of Christchurch who continue to live with... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is a poignant memorial to those killed in the Christchurch earthquake. The chairs each represent someone. The effect is not lost on visitors and encourages one to take some some to pause and contemplate not only what happened in 2011 but also just to take time out and take a deep breath.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This memorial symbolises 185 people that died during our large earthquake in February 2011. I found this very moving, and spent a quiet time remembering the different walks of life, young and hold whose families lives were so sadly changed that day.

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Thornton Cleveleys, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Poignant reminder of that terrible day 6 years ago...time to reflect what the city has gone through and how it is trying so hard to get back to normal. Scenes of devastation still in evidence and an eerie feeling walking about the city as it approaches the 6th anniversary of that fateful day

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This memorial really puts the tragedy of the earthquakes in Christchurch into perspective. So often statistics do not provide a personal experience, however, this memorial really helps to show the sheer tragedy that occurred. This memory is a little out of the way but is quite close to the Cardboard Cathedral which also tells the story of the earthquake, however,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Disturbing experience to see. Do the old cathedral in the city first, then the new one then this. The empty chairs leave a memory to remember. Really should see this, not far from the new cathedral.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A memorial of chairs in memory of the Jewish holocaust was created in Krakow Poland in 2005. Designed by Piotr Lewick and Kazimiersz Latek.. This is an original and seems sad that the Christchurch has to copy something so famous. When a more original a local design could have been achieved

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A very reflective memorial honoring those who lost their lives in the earthquake. Each chair tells a story of the person - a wheelchair, infant seat and many more. Talk of making it permanent, I hope they do because it says a lot in its simplicity.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A very simple idea but very poignant. Quite striking that each chair is different showing the various individuals who died on that day.

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The chairs (one for each person who died in the quake) is sited on a derelict plot on the corner of a street in the middle of the area hardest hit by the quake. This is somehow fitting as it is where it sadly happened and you still get a sense of the devastation, even many years after the event.... More 

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