Friday, February 25, 2011

Christchurch-NZ – a Tribute and Memorial…2

Christchurch’s main Icon and attraction is the Anglican cathedral of Christ Church in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand. The Cathedral was built in the second half of the 19th century. It is located in the centre of the city, surrounded by Cathedral Square. It is the cathedral seat of the Bishop of Christchurch in the New Zealand.

 Facade of Christ Church Cathedral

The 6.3-magnitude 2011 Christchurch earthquake on 22 February 2011 left the cathedral damaged and several surrounding buildings in ruins. The 130-year-old spire that had withstood damage in the September 2010 quake was completely destroyed, leaving only the lower half of the tower standing. While the walls and roof of the cathedral itself remained mostly intact, the gable of the west front sustained damage, and the roof over the western section of the north aisle, nearest the tower, collapsed.

 Central Aisle of Christ Church Cathedral

It is sad to see this beautiful work of architecture in ruins, and more so as it is learnt that several visitors and tourists have died in the collapsed tower and within the cathedral.

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