Earlier in the year I spent a couple of weeks in Christchurch hanging around the Central Business District (CBD) and the Cathedral and the other hot spots in town taking pictures and just relaxing.
Shortly after I left I got word of the devastating earthquake. It hit me so close to home and I just went numb inside. The lives lost and people’s lives altered forever in an instant was so sad to see. 😦 Since then there have been heroic stories and everyone has come together as a community to start the process of healing.
I haven’t posted many pictures of my time there, but I thought I’d share a few photos of the Christchurch Cathedral before to show the great place that it has been and will be in the future.
Receiving word that no one was in the rubble or the stone bell tower (spire) after the February earthquake was so great to here. The Cathedral, built-in 1881, is located in Cathedral Square in the center of town, with the rest of the city built around it. It’s a historical landmark and the most well-known church in New Zealand. People from all over the world come to see it.
It’s incurred more damage recently due to another earthquake. The Square remains fenced off to the public. It hasn’t been decided yet whether it will be repaired or demolished and rebuilt from the ground up. There are talks of building a temporary cardboard cathedral in the Square. Checkout that story and more on the churches community who keeps giving back on the Cathedral’s homepage.
Whatever they decide the Cathedral and it’s people will continue to thrive and Christchurch, Canterbury and beyond will be back. I can’t wait to spend more time there.