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“Absolutely fascinating cardboard church”

Cardboard Cathedral
Ranked #22 of 260 things to do in Christchurch
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed 6 April 2018

An engineering masterpiece. Made of cardboard to last 50 years. Fascinating, friendly staff explain how church came about as a result of earthquake. A must to see in Christchurch

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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

If you do nothing else in Christchurch, visit this transitional cathedral. Sadly the old Cathedral in the city was badly damaged and sits crumbling today--a sad, dangerous place. But in 18 months, the remarkable creation of a Japanese architect--this transitional cathedral--was built and is now the city's cathedral. It is remarkable. A lovely volunteer greeted us and provided insightful information about its construction and design. The building materials include cardboard tubes and shipping containers. Words do not do justice to this edifice. Go see it.

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Reviewed 5 April 2018

Really did enjoy seeing this, and especially after watching a TED talk of the architect and his other works - well worth looking it up and watching it although I can't remember his name off the top of my head. Interesting and inspiring. ** Shigeru Ban

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Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

A temporary cathedral whilst the damaged one gets repaired noted for its cardboard construction but perhaps it is better to explain it is close to the site of the CTV building which to me personally is a better visit. Hard to imagine a “church” has a gift shop but if it helps raise revenue then so be it and cannot be that bad. I’m not religious so didn’t find it interesting at all.

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Reviewed 3 April 2018

Would highly recommend a visit to this stunning, innovative architectural masterpiece even if you only have a day in the city to sightsee. Incorporated a visit here after a visit to Quake City and then on to 185 Chairs only one block away! The A - framed transitional cathedral is constructed of cardboard tubes, that make up the roof and allow light to stream in between the tubes. An interesting point to note is that the designer Shigeru Ban was also responsible for the The Paper Church built in Kobe; this being his second post - disaster church development!

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