Cathedral Square, Christchurch

Cathedral Square, Christchurch (must see)

During the earthquake that hit Christchurch in February 2011, Cathedral Square - the geographical center of the city - suffered serious damage. The square has been named after the Anglican cathedral that once stood here. In 1867, a statue of John Robert Godley, the city's founder, was unveiled on a pedestal opposite the cathedral. This was the first public statue in all of New Zealand. The square was the city's main meeting place and was a regular venue for street performers and public speakers of various kinds. In 2000, The Chalice, a large piece of modern sculpture in the form of an inverted cone, was installed here subverting the shape of the spire that rises above the cathedral. Designed by prominent New Zealand artist Neil Dawson, The Chalice has survived the earthquake unaffected. It is made up of forty-two leaf patterns featuring different native plants. Today, Cathedral Square is closed for reconstruction.

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Cathedral Square on Map

Sight Name: Cathedral Square
Sight Location: Christchurch, New Zealand (See walking tours in Christchurch)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) Containing This Sight:

Walking Tours in Christchurch, New Zealand

Create Your Own Walk in Christchurch

Create Your Own Walk in Christchurch

Creating your own self-guided walk in Christchurch is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Christchurch Introduction Walking Tour

Christchurch Introduction Walking Tour

Christchurch, a "piece of England" down under, situated on New Zealand’s South Island, was heavily battered by 2010 and 2011 earthquakes, claiming many of the city's historic sights. Today Christchurch still comes to terms with those losses. Among the key attractions still in place are a good number of old-time landmarks, including the Christchurch Cathedral, the Edmonds Clock...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 Km or 2.1 Miles
Christchurch Landmarks Tour

Christchurch Landmarks Tour

Although Christchurch is not very large, it is still home to a number of New Zealand's major landmarks. There is no shortage of beautiful buildings, parks, gardens and other places of interest. Ravaged by a powerful earthquake in 2011, which caused damage to many local attractions, Christchurch has still retained much of its charm and has a lot to offer visitors in terms of sightseeing. Take...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 Km or 2 Miles