Christchurch’s ‘cardboard’ transitional cathedral has been completed in Latimer Square where another church, St Johns, was also damaged in the deadly earthquake in February 2011. The cost has been in excess of NZ$5 million dollars. Anglicans and others will worship there until the planned new Christ Church Cathedral is designed and constructed during the next decade. When the new cathedral is completed, the old parish of St Johns will take over the transitional cathedral for its own services. The old cathedral lost its spire at least twice in its lifetime and the last in the early 20th century was green, obviously from its copper cladding. We have no idea whether the old cathedral will be re-constructed or a completely new cathedral will rise in its place. I may just see the replacement cathedral before I go to worship in the one in the happy hunting ground.
There is some confusion about the name of the old and the planned new cathedral – its name is actually Christ Church, in the city of Christchurch. Hope this clears up any confusion readers may have had in recent times.
The old cathedral stood in the centre of the city in the square which has held its name fo over 130 years. To us it was always “The Square”. I remember it as a child and as a youth, and later as an adult every time I came back home on holiday or for some other more somber reason. It nearly broke my heart to see it so mortally wounded and damaged beyond repair.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ChristChurch_Cathedral,_Christchurch A history of Christ Church Cathedral: