This Cathedral is a must see in Christchurch. Regardless of your faith, this cathedral is an important symbol of Christchurch’s resilience and ingenuity after the earthquakes. Just a short walk from the CBD, the cathedral is open for tourists to visit and the parishioners are proud to talk about their church.
It was designed by a Japanese architect and is actually made from cardboard to be earthquake resistant. It has character, it shows strength, it is a testament to a community’s faith and it seems to be only held up by the people who congregate there. Although a major tourist attraction, it also hosts religious ceremonies and activities, so be mindful of this place as an active place of worship.
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As an international tourist, I really enjoyed this place.
It’s an outdoor Catholic Church based in a cave that boasts the properties of Lourdes- that the natural springs that seep through the rocks have healing properties.
It’s a very holy place, and it’s very peaceful and tranquil. I went closer to the end time, so around dusk, when all the vendors were slowing down and the heat of the day had lessened. This gave the place a very eerie atmosphere, especially as it darkened through the trees and the candles in the cave around the Virgin Mary were lit. The fountains to taste the healing waters were flowing and the people who go there are less like tourists, and more like pilgrims. Apparently once a month there’s a cross-denominational and interfaith mass held, which really demonstrated to me just how this catholic church can unite through a sense of global peace and spirituality.