Christchurch: Up-top the Cathedral.

It’s been over a year since the February 2011 earthquake claimed lives, destroyed many homes and businesses and caused extensive damage in the heart of Christchurch, the CBD and to the famous Christchurch Cathedral. 😦

I shared some pics of the Christchurch Cathedral that I took a week before the quake in New Zealand: The Christchurch Cathedral. Down below are some pics of my time up-top the Cathedral in the stone bell tower (spire).

A look to the south. You can see Cashmere and Port Hills and other mountains and hills off in the distance.

Christchurch, New Zealand - Cathedral views

Straight ahead is Worcester Street and points west. In the bottom left where the umbrellas are you can see a market in the heart of Cathedral Square.

Christchurch, New Zealand - Cathedral views

A better shot of the market where souvenirs and other small items were being sold.

Christchurch, New Zealand - Cathedral views

Looking out towards the northeast.

Christchurch, New Zealand - Cathedral views

Starring out towards the north down Colombo Street.

Christchurch, New Zealand - Cathedral views

Looking up-top towards the top of the tower from one of the balconies outside.

Christchurch, New Zealand - Cathedral views

The top of the tower from inside. I didn’t reference specific buildings because I’m not sure which ones are still standing or are badly damaged.

Christchurch, New Zealand - Cathedral views

The spire is long gone and Christchurch Cathedral as a whole is in the process of being deconstructed to a safe level. Earlier in the year for a short time they allowed people in to say their goodbyes to a national icon. A temporary “Cardboard Cathedral” will serve until a time when a new Christchurch Cathedral can be built. The city center is still closed.

The rebuilding in Christchurch will be in full swing before you know it and the town will be better than ever because of the resolve, heart, passion and friendliness of their people. I can’t wait to get back there. Some links to more resources on what’s currently happening:

More information on the Cardboard Cathedral.

Christchurch Cathedral – official site.

Aerial photos comparing CBD and other areas last year to now.

Up-to-date coverage on Christchurch Earthquake 2011.

10 responses to “Christchurch: Up-top the Cathedral.

  1. Unfortunately the place was so damaged by the time I arrived, I didn’t get to get a good look at Christchurch. Thanks for showing me its beauty.

    • No problem! Glad I was able to share them. I’ve seen lot’s of pictures but can’t imagine what the whole area looks like now up close. 😦

  2. Nice views from the top! How sad it is to see the damage the earthquake caused :(.

    Thanks for sharing these beautiful pictures with us! K.

  3. Always sad to see places in ruins. Hope they are able to rebuild to their former beauty.

    • Yep. 😦 They’ll rebuild and it will be great. It won’t replace the original buildings and all the history though.

  4. I just posted my article on Christchurch tonight. Seeing it whole makes it even sadder to me. Hopefully, better times are ahead.

    • Will have to check it out. They’ll rebuild and things will continue to get better and better, but lot’s of memories, history and lives lost. 😦

  5. It is so strange for me to see photos like this as I moved to Christchurch AFTER the earthquakes, and know the city in no other way than as one of missing buildings and cranes every where. It is hard to relate your pictures to the place I now call home. Still, this city is resilient and resolute and I wouldn’t be anywhere else right now.

    • I can imagine. 😦 It was especially sad when the earthquake happened because I was just there a week before getting to know great places and people. I agree with you on the city and it’s on the way to be better than ever. I cant wait to return again to experience it. 🙂

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