Cathedrals and cardboard

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The glories of Christchurch’s Cathedral are no more, the tower having broken in half during the earthquakes, now demolished.

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It seems unlikely that the cathedral canve saved. It was at the epicentre of the earthquake that occurred in a previously unknown fault like just 10kms underground (they are more usually 100km below the earth’s surface).

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A new temporary cathedral (a church really) has been erected a couple of blocks away. It is structurally sported by cardboard rolls which are only visible on the inside, the A-form exterior comprising corrugated plastic sheeting – no so pretty on the outside, but a lot nicer within, but consequently exceptionally hot in summer. I am told there are windows that open at each end for ventilation but they were not open today – chancel sauna anyone?

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They say it has a temporary permit for 10 years, but someone else told me 50.

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One comment

  1. So different from the original Cathedral that, to me, looked ruggedly solid. Like the old Cathedral, this building has a look that is all its own, and reaches for the heavens as the spire once did. Things change and we change with them.

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