Christchurch Cathedral by k1w1

Christchurch Cathedral

Christchurch Cathedral is a deconsecrated Anglican cathedral in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand. It was built between 1864 and is surrounded by Cathedral Square. It became the cathedral seat of the Bishop of Christchurch, who is in the New Zealand tikanga of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia.

Earthquakes have repeatedly damaged the building (mostly the spire): in 1881, 1888, 1901, 1922, and 2010. The February 2011 Christchurch earthquake destroyed the spire and the upper portion of the tower, and severely damaged the rest of the building. A lower portion of the tower was demolished immediately following the 2011 earthquake to facilitate search and rescue operations. The remainder of the tower was demolished in March 2012. The badly damaged west wall, which contained the rose window, partially collapsed in the June 2011 quake and suffered further damage in the December 2011 earthquake. The Anglican Church decided to demolish the building and replace it with a new structure – a decision which was controversial in post-quake Christchurch. Various groups opposed the church's intentions, with actions including taking a case to court. While the judgments were mostly in favour of the church, no further demolition occurred after the removal of the tower in early 2012. Government expressed its concern over the stalemate in mid-2015 and by September 2015 had appointed an independent negotiator. In late December 2015, the announcement was made that all parties had agreed with the negotiator's report, which meant that the Anglican church hierarchy would for the first time consider reinstatement of the building. In September 2017, the Christchurch Diocesan Synod decided that Christchurch Cathedral will be reinstated.

Since 15 August 2013 the cathedral community has worshiped at the Cardboard Cathedral which I posted a photo of yesterday.
Such an amazing building and interesting history, thanks for the info.
May 18th, 2019  
Its millions of dollars to reinstate! Don't know where they get the money from!
May 18th, 2019  
thank you for the history - looks like a beautiful structure
@maggiemae millions of dollars are wasted on so many things - I like that a beauty like this is being looked after
May 19th, 2019  
@ludwigsdiana @maggiemae @annied
Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to comment. I have posted the other side of the Cathedral today. I just wonder where they will get the money to rebuild.
May 19th, 2019  
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