Cardboard Cathedral, Christchurch

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Constructed in just 11 months, Cardboard Cathedral was built as a temporary structure to replace the Anglican Cathedral of Christchurch. The original church sustained major damage in the earthquake of February 2011, leaving worshipers bereft. In response, "disaster architect" Shigeru Ban designed this transitional church pro bono, constructing it from cardboard tubes, timber, steel, and shipping containers. Enter this unusual house of worship to appreciate its simple beauty and ingenious design. Staff and volunteers are on hand to explain more about the church and its significance to the city's population. Add Cardboard Cathedral and other attractions to your Christchurch trip itinerary using our Christchurch day trip planner.
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  • Had a lovely conversation with Richard, he talked us through the history of of and around the building. The old cathedral, the use of the land prior to the construction of this one, the architectural....  more
    Had a lovely conversation with Richard, he talked us through the history of of and around the building. The old cathedral, the use of the land prior to the construction of this one, the architectural....  more »
  • Lovely light building with surprisingly good acoustics and the front seats were quite comfortable! Toilet appeared to be outside but I enjoyed the lightness and lovely organ playing. Great carol... 
    Lovely light building with surprisingly good acoustics and the front seats were quite comfortable! Toilet appeared to be outside but I enjoyed the lightness and lovely organ playing. Great carol...  more »
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  • A cathederal,I wouldn't say anything out of the ordinary
  • We were visiting Christchurch and decided to have a look at the Cardboard Cathedral. It was a very intriguing building, something I'd never really seen before. However, I do not appreciate hearing rude statements after speaking to the person in the lobby thats supposedly welcoming us. I would recommend keeping comments about other peoples working life to yourself. Once we left they continued to rudely joke about the topic to our faces. Just a little more thought should be made when talking to people, especially if you're the one welcoming people inside. 😒

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