Cardboard Cathedral, Christchurch

#1 of 28 in Historic Sites in Canterbury Region
Church · Landmark
Constructed in just 11 months, Cardboard Cathedral was built as a temporary structure to replace the Anglican Cathedral of Christchurch. The original church sustained major damage in the earthquake of February 2011, leaving worshipers bereft. In response, "disaster architect" Shigeru Ban designed this transitional church pro bono, constructing it from cardboard tubes, timber, steel, and shipping containers. Enter this unusual house of worship to appreciate its simple beauty and ingenious design. Staff and volunteers are on hand to explain more about the church and its significance to the city's population. Add Cardboard Cathedral and other attractions to your Christchurch trip itinerary using our Christchurch day trip planner.
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  • We only saw the cathedral from the outside, but is well worth a look. In central Christchurch it is an easy walk. Well constructed and well kept  more »
  • Cardboard Cathedral looked amazing from outside and it is an impressive architecture building which is very unique. It is the worlds only cathedral made substantially of cardboard.  more »
  • A cathederal,I wouldn't say anything out of the ordinary
  • We were very excited to see the pro cathedral, having heard so much about it. The ladies do a fabulous job in the garden, its beautiful. Sadly the Cathedral was closed , but it was still fascinating to see.
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