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“Kia Kaha (be strong)”

Cardboard Cathedral
Ranked #22 of 258 things to do in Christchurch
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed 12 November 2013

More than a cathedral or place of worship the Transitional Cathedral (to use its official title) is rapidly becoming a much-needed place of gathering, for fashion parades, concerts and all those community needs, which are severely lacking in post-quake Christchurch.

Such a light & airy building raises hopes - nice to see a couple of old pieces salvaged from the old cathedral, including a lectern and the Bishop's chair.

Thank zhuhai2007
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Reviewed 20 October 2013

What a beautiful little church nestle in amongst all the devastation. It really show there is light at the end of the tunnel. My 13 year old son to my shock sat down and said "what a beautiful place to come after visiting the memorial for all the victims of the earthquake and to see there is so much hope still there". This is very well designed, I haven't seen anything like it. It was freezing cold outside, but inside was so warm it made you feel at home. At the back you can light a candle for a gold coin donation, we both did this and said some prayers for the people of Christchurch. Worth the visit

Thank Komodojj
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Reviewed 17 September 2013

The new, temporary Cathedral is one of the first new buildings to be constructed in the CBD since the earthquake.

The building is truly super – an innovative design, wonderful roof, clever use of materials – it makes you feel incredibly welcome; you get drawn in. I am in fact writing this review mainly to have an opportunity to post some photos of the Cathedral on Trip Advisor, as none seem to be on the site as of yet.

It is just a 5 to 10 minute walk from the old Cathedral Square and is well worth a visit. You will see some other earthquake memorials/in-fill projects on the walk over, such as the very moving 185 empty white chairs.

Given the success of this magnificent new building, Christchurch should take heart and get on with constructing more of the city, in a suitably sensitive and creative way. It is amazing that three years on from the quakes, large swathes of the CBD remain empty, or with empty buildings still barricaded up to passers-by as they aren’t deemed to be safe. In fact, this represents a wonderful opportunity for Christchurch to renew itself – its previous record of urban planning and design has been absolutely atrocious, as anyone walking past the huge swathes of the city centre given over to unattractive car showrooms and lots, acres of forecourts selling second-hand cars, cheap construct hypermarkets, huge metal sheds containing DIY stores, etc will testify to.

I hope the Cathedral, in addition to its religious importance, will serve as an inspiration for the city for the wonderful new CBD they can look forward to and encourage its planners and residents to get a move on.

Thank Airlineconsultant
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

Designed by a Japanese architect, cardboard cyclinders which are filled. This cathedral has been built on the place where St John's church was before the earthquakes rendered it dangerous and therefore was pulled down. The new cathedral is light, bright and a new beginning for Christchurch. It is worthy of a visit. Concerts are also held here and can be found on the cathedral website.

Thank PamAbsolum
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Reviewed 20 August 2013

The Cardboard Cathedral is a unique landmark, whose construction was fostered by the combination of natural disaster, economy, and patriotism. Unfortunately, the Kiwi cardboard wasn't strong enough to support the structure, so plywood supports were inserted into the pliant cardboard tubes. Of note is the touching memorial across the street. The Cardboard Cathedral is a fascinating example of social, economic and political cooperation.

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