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A "temporary" replacement

As the name implies, it is made largely of cardboard tubes - quite extraordinary. Is now the main... read more

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Tom L
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Moreton-in-Marsh, United Kingdom
Nothing Cardboard here

The modern architecture is a counterpoint to the few items that could be salvaged from the old... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Joanna K
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Taupo, Waikato, New Zealand
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Reviewed yesterday

As the name implies, it is made largely of cardboard tubes - quite extraordinary. Is now the main place of Anglican worship until the main cathedral, so badly damaged in the 2011 earthquake, can be repaired. Worth a visit.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Tom L
Reviewed 2 days ago

Not sure of the buzz from this popular place. It didn't look like cardboard to me but if you are into cathedrals, perhaps you will find if of interest.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank AlP054
Reviewed 2 days ago

The modern architecture is a counterpoint to the few items that could be salvaged from the old cathedral. The modern construction shows the resilience of spirit that shows that Christchurch can move forward.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Joanna K
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We went to the cathedral the day after the mosque shootings, and they were holding prayer services every hour. The stunning simplicity of this cathedral designed by Shigeru Ban, a Japanese “emergency architect.” The cathedral truly functions as balm to an emergency, clearing the mind...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank sewkap
Reviewed 1 week ago

This space created temporarily following the partial destruction of the original cathedral in the 2011 earthquake in Christchurch is quite spectacular given the framing is made of cardboard tubes. This design is echoed in other structure inside including the altar, pulpit, chapel etc. The space...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Proof that faith is stronger than stone. A must visit when in Christchurch that shows the resilience of the Kiwis to tragedy.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Brodie G
Reviewed 1 week ago

The stone cathedral was severely damaged, the congregation needed a structure that could be built quickly and not too expensive. A creative architect from Japan offered this design using cardboard and conex vans (the lower walls are conexes). Light and airy. The chairs are of...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

For a city rebuilding this is a tribute to generosity and resilience. Love the creativity of architects.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Marg08_12
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Having seen the damaged old cathedral we visited the Transitional Cathedral. What an amazing place! It had a feeling of spirituality that is very hard to describe. The simplicity, ingenuity of its design and very clever use of cardboard as well as it being light...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Ronald W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After seeing the old cathedral which was destroyed by the earthquake, it was awesome to visit this cardboard substitute. The idea is amazing, the interior very interesting and the stained glass window is beautiful. Toilets and seating available for tourists who have been walking around...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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dannykwok
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No, there are no fees, although donations are gratefully accepted as it is estimated that it will cost over $100million to restore the original stone cathedral.
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