Susan

Susan

Posted on 08/17/2013


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TH8/13/4 Building Place of worship

TH8/13/4 Building Place of worship
The old and the new! Christchurch Cathedral was damaged beyond repair by an earthquake in Christchurch. People didn't want it to be demolished, but wanted (lots of) money to repair it. This won't happen and when I saw it yesterday I don't understand how some people thought it could be repaired - it needs to be demolished as it is a danger zone. This is what the Cathedral looked like before the earthquake: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ChristChurch_Cathedral,_Christchurch

In the meantime the church built a new, temporary church close to the old one - using cardboard!!! It is huge and warm and cardboard has been used to build some of the furniture too. More about this church: www.christchurchnz.com/destinations/christchurch/cardboard-cathedral

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Susan
Susan
I hope our Cathy-boss with allow me this 'double' photo - just thought it is so appropriate to show the old and the new :)
4 years ago.
Cathlon
Cathlon
It was, it is, and she will! :-) It seems that beautiful old cathedral suffered damage almost every time there was an earthquake! I guess it really is not safe! Love the patterns on the roof.

What an incredible design and use of materials in the new cathedral and hopefully it will withstand earthquakes a lot better!

Thanks for sharing this bit of history, change and renewal with us!

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4 years ago.
nauticalnancy
nauticalnancy
wow, both very interesting buildings
4 years ago.
DeForest Ranger
DeForest Ranger
Such a pity to see that beautiful piece of architecture in shambles.
4 years ago.
Evergreengirl
Evergreengirl
A great pairing. What a terrible shame about theold churc. It looks like it was quite a beautiful building. Of course I don't know how the money could be raised to repair it and it would be vulnerable in the next earthquake too. Perhaps items from it could be salvaged to put into a new church.

I love the new church and what an innovative idea! Not only is it an attractive design, but it was a practical and economical solution too. How did they make it weather proof? Will it stand up to rains?
4 years ago.
Weld with Rob
Weld with Rob
Yes, although the damage is severe, having the huge crane smashing the wrecking ball at it just seemed sooooo wrong when they were using words like "de-construct" and "preserve".
A truely wonderful pairing Susan :-}
4 years ago.
Robert Wilson
Robert Wilson
I like the combination of old and new. Shame it can't be repaired though.
3 years ago.