Farewell to a landmark | An ode to Christchurch Cathedral

On Friday it was announced that Christchurch Cathedral in New Zealand would have to be demolished after the damage inflicted on the historic building in the February 2011 earthquake. The news really breaks my heart, as I’m sure it does for most people who love this beautiful city. A new cathedral will be built in its place, and while I’m sure it will be lovely, it will lack the heart and history of the old one. It’s unsurprising that the damage to the cathedral is irreparable, the entire tower has collapsed, but this makes the demolition no less unfortunate. All I can say is that I am so glad that I was able to visit this landmark city before it was ravaged by nature.

At least I will always have my memories and photographs from my trip in 2007.

Christchurch Cathedral

Christchurch Cathedral

Christchurch Cathedral

The market in Cathedral Square

Chess in cathedral square, Christchurch Cathedral

Playing chess in Cathedral Square

The Wizard of New Zealand
Inside Christchurch Cathedral

The inside entrance to the cathedral

Christchurch Cathedral

Down the nave to the altar

Christchurch Cathedral at Christmas

We visited at Christmas and they even had a real Christmas tree!

Christchurch Cathedral, New Zealand

The rose window as we were leaving

Christchurch Cathedral Tower

A view to the tower that collapsed in the earthquake


2 thoughts on “Farewell to a landmark | An ode to Christchurch Cathedral

  1. Pingback: Photo Friday #22 – Holy Places « A Crafty Traveler

  2. Hi there, I am wanting to publish a book on Christchurch Cathedral and I’m desperately after photos of the west porch entrance. Do you have anymore? I wont be using the photo’s in the book so they dont have to be great quality but I’m wanting to create an illustration from them. Could you please email me if you have any more of these?
    Many thanks,

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