Original Christchurch cathedral after 2010 earthquake
Original Christchurch cathedral before 2010 earthquake
Artist's conception of cardboard replacement cathedral (Image: christchurchcathedral.co.nz)christchurchcathedral.co.nz
Artist's conception of the interior of the cardboard replacement cathedral (Image: christchurchcathedral.co.nz)
Artist's conception of the exterior of the cardboard replacement cathedral(Image: christchurchcathedral.co.nz)
A model of the planned Christchurch Cathedral (Image: Shigeru Ban)
Early on the morning of September 4, 2010, a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck the South Island of New Zealand causing widespread damage. This was followed by a 6.3 magnitude quake on February 22, 2011 that was much shallower and devastated the city of Christchurch – NZ's second-largest city - resulting in the loss of 185 lives. Among a considerable number of building collapses was the historic Anglican Cathedral, which sustained sufficient damage that it had to be demolished. Work has now begun on a temporary cathedral, intended to serve the needs of the community until sufficient funds are acquired to build a permanent replacement. Oddly, the architects decided to make the replacement of cardboard!
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