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Urbex Central Blog - Posted on December 3, 2014
The Abandoned CathedralThe Cathedral is at the heart of the city, and this earthquake damaged building gets photographed by groups of ‘earthquake tourists’ constantly throughout the day. We had to be patient and wait for the perfect time to enter the Cathedral without being rudely interrupted- which ended up taking hours of standing around and waiting for crowds to disperse- for that perfect moment.
The Cathedral was built between 1864 and 1904 and has been abandoned since the February 2011 that devastated Christchurch with the loss of 185 lives. There is huge support in the city to see the Cathedral rebuilt and strengthened, yet the Anglican Church and the Cathedral’s bishop want to see this place demolished.
The damage to the Cathedral is fairly extensive, with the main tower already being demolished, we hope eventually it can be saved.
These photographs by Urbex Central reveal the consequences of the church’s wilful and shameful neglect of the Cathedral. It highlights again the church is not worthy or capable of its custodianship responsibilities.