Cathedral Square
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klew97
San Rafael, CA92 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
When I visited, it had been over 8.5 years since the 2011 earthquake, and it didn't look like much had changed, only clearance and support to reduce further risk. I understand it takes planning and patience (I'm from California, we understand earthquakes). Now it almost works better as a memorial structure than to fully repair or renovate it back to working status.
Written May 18, 2020
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Kathy
565 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
When we were planning our trip to New Zealand, we thought about skipping Christchurch because of the earthquake damage. I'm so glad we changed our minds. The city is beautiful and has made remarkable progress. Granted, it is sad to see their impressive cathedral in ruins, but it is heartening to know that the pre-construction planning and design are underway. When we visited the Square, it was alive with tourists, food stalls, and entertainment and the promise of tomorrow.
Written April 29, 2020
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BigBrian_11
Tring, UK443 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The towering figure of the ruined cathedral dominates the square. It makes it so sad & gloomy for all around. Some small stallholders are trying to make a go of it + there is a little market & the trolley bus still runs from the square. That apart there is little to commend it. Christchurch is still badly in need of more help.......................
Written March 29, 2020
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Guitarman4
Essex, UK237 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
We stopped here twice on our coach tour. The 1st time we stayed on the Cathedral Square. It was so sad to see the cathedral in the state it is now in since the devastating earthquake there. Thank goodness it is going to be restored and not pulled down. From the square one it’s possible to catch a tram on the Christchurch Tramway. I didn’t feel the need for this as the town itself is quite small and the tram is still not able to complete a full journey due to ongoing work. Across the square is the library. From the square it’s a short walk to the river and the memorial wall. This area has all been rebuilt and is modern and has a lot of restaurants and bars. The shops are just off the main walkway.

Do not miss the cardboard cathedral which is about a 15 minute walk away. It was closed when we got there but looks amazing.
Written June 30, 2020
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Sachin K
New York City, NY6,509 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Solo
Cathedral Square is the main square in Christchurch which has the famous Christchurch cathedral. It had gotten damaged by the earthquake, a few years ago. One can see the restoration process of the Cathedral. This Square has some interesting spots for clicking pics. Certainly worth visiting.
Written November 29, 2019
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ZeebruggeExplorer
Sarasota, FL339 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
This cathedral was damaged in 2011 and is being renovated. It is a stop on the hop on/off bus and the park area is pretty in front of the Cathedral near the tram station
Written October 29, 2019
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Michael-4551
Caloundra, Australia5,534 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Friends
Visited on Tuesday 22nd May. Cathedral Square is the most visited part of Christchurch and still bears the scars of the earthquake. I hope to return one day to see Cathedral Square restored to its former glory.
Written August 14, 2018
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Jaroslav Nečas
Brno, Czech Republic1,448 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Central square dominated by forsaken damaged cathedral waiting to be repaired after recent earthquakes. Square is on the way of Christchurch trams, there is one of stops.
Written November 26, 2020
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KarenM1_10
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan1,045 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Very sad to see the remains of this Cathedral that was devastated by the earthquake. It looked like it once was beautiful. From what we heard there seems to be a varying opinions relative to the rebuilding of the Cathedral. Very strange to walk around the enclosed area and see the destruction in the midst of rebuilding taking place all around the square.
Written April 20, 2020
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sunnycoast09
Maroochydore, Australia756 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
Lots of history and a birds eye view of the devastation of Christchurch Cathedral and its restabilisation and hopefully rebuild. Its been through a lot but retains resilience. Its worth seeing.
Written January 1, 2020
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