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Cathedral Square

The heart of the city

Chalice sculpture, Cathedral Square

The geographical centre and heart of Christchurch, the vibrant square is based around the city's Anglican cathedral, Christchurch Cathedral, which was badly damaged in the earthquakes and is yet to be rebuilt. It’s ‘temporary’ replacement is the intriguing Cardboard Cathedral, a kilometre or so away to the east on Hereford St.

Standing in the square, with your back to the cathedral and looking west down Worcester Blvd, Canterbury Museum and the Botanic Gardens are barely 700m away with lots of interesting points of interest in-between – strolling down to the gardens is a top experience in Christchurch.

The inverted cone statue called The Chalice in the square is made up of forty-two leaf patterns featuring different native plants.

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Cathedral Square


Text © Craig McLachlan

Image by Ruth Hartnup