The Cardboard Cathedral, formally called the Transitional Cathedral, in Christchurch, New Zealand, is the transitional pro-cathedral of the Anglican Diocese of Christchurch, replacing ChristChurch Cathedral, which was significantly damaged in the 2011 Christchurch earthquake. The Cardboard Cathedral was designed by the Japanese architect Shigeru Ban and opened in August 2013. It is located on the site of St John the Baptist Church on the corner of Hereford and Madras Streets in Latimer Square, several blocks from the permanent location of ChristChurch Cathedral.
The building is on a section allocated to the Anglican church in Christchurch's original 1850 survey opposite Latimer Square. It was originally the site of St John the Baptist Church, the first church built in permanent materials by Anglicans in Christchurch, which was demolished after the 2011 Christchurch earthquake. The St John parish gave the land, and in return can use the building and will keep it once a permanent cathedral can be used.
Clara Clarke | Jun 17, 2018
The huge window is amazing. The people inside are so friendly. The Cardboard Church is Fabulous and the white chairs across from it are a must visit to pay some respect to all those that past in the earthquake.
AnGeLo BeAu | Apr 9, 2018
Such a beautiful cathedral made of hardboard. Looking very elegant and stunning. The interior is amazing and looking very artistic and clean. Same with the exterior of the cathedral. Just stunning and with a visit next time you are in Christchurch.
Carbo Kuo | Jun 10, 2018
The cathedral was rebuilt with modern style after the earthquake in 2011. Very beautiful to see.
nenetzin vidal | Feb 16, 2018
This cathedral is amazing, when you hear Cardboard never imagine how this is made. All the lines that you can see on the pictures are actually hard tubes made with cardboard which they use as a base for the construction. It’s incredible that they start this cathedral after the earthquakes just as a “temporary” cathedral.
Phuc Huynh | Apr 29, 2018
Amazing architecture! Worth to visit, anyway in my opinion, the souvenir shop inside at the front of the church is not a good idea.
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