Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver

Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver

Christ Church Cathedral is one of Vancouver's heritage sites, and is Vancouver's very first church.

The Cathedral itself was a long time in the making. The basement was constructed in 1889, but the cornerstone wasn't laid until 1894. The building is a Gothic style cathedral constructed of stone, cedar, and fir, and features several complex and beautiful stained glass windows. In 1976, the lot that the church was located on was designated to be bulldozed to make way for a new skyscraper complex. Fortunately, lobbying by Vancouver's people saved the historic building, and gave it a place on Vancouver's list of heritage buildings.

Christ Church Cathedral is adorned with very distinctive heraldic symbols. The Cathedral's interior and exterior feature a Celtic cross design to show the Anglican church's British roots. The church's heraldry also features a whorl and three salmon in the artistic style employed by the native Salish people, one of the original inhabitants of Canada's west coast.

In addition to its historical look and beautiful stained glass, Christ Church Cathedral is also notable for being one of the churches in Canada to sanctify same sex unions. As of 2003, Christ Church Cathedral could officially bless same sex marriages.
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Sight Name: Christ Church Cathedral
Sight Location: Vancouver, Canada
Sight Type: Religious
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