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Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

Seeing the remains of the cathedral was very moving. It is a must see when in Christchurch. Due to the location it is easy to walk to.

Date of experience: September 2016
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Reviewed 31 August 2016

This fine cathedral was severely damaged in the earthquakes of 2010/11 and is closed to the public. Currently held up by shoring and scaffolding the authorities remain divided over the decision to restore or rebuild. While they dither over the decision, the cathedral stands forlorn and almost forgotten behind its wooden fencing. A poignant reminder of the tragic events 5 years ago.

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank Poliiwog
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Reviewed 31 August 2016

Five years on, Christchurch Cathedral still lays in ruins, the most famous casualty of the 2011 earthquake. Weeds are growing around the damaged structure as church leaders debate the building's fate.

There are no tours available; they would be too dangerous. However, stand and look at the structure and someone will tell you their story of what happened during the earthquake.

The biggest challenge, according to locals, is that the Cathedral is the square's anchor and, until it is rebuilt or torn down, many of the owners of nearby buildings are hesitant to make a commitment to rebuild, so the area is in something of a state of limbo.

After stopping at the ruins, head to the Christchurch Transitional Cathedral, or Cardboard Cathedral, which was designed by architect Shigeru Ban and built as a temporary place of worship. It is at the corner of Hereford and Madras Street and worth the 600 meter walk.

Date of experience: May 2016
Thank TheTravelPro_us
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Reviewed 27 August 2016

This is one of the iconic buildings, which we would like to see in all its glory next time we visit Christchurch. We were there in 2014, 2015 & again this year. It is great to see a lot of building going on over there, but it would be nice to even hear the decision has been made on the Cathredral.

Date of experience: August 2016
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Reviewed 27 August 2016

Having not been to Christchurch since the earthquakes, this was an emotive walk around the cathedral, with very interesting boards of information at the viewing area. Well presented, and moving.

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank JPops2013
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