The once beautiful Anglican cathedral is a sad sight. It's future prospects seem poor as it awaits final demolition after irreparable damage caused by the earthquakes of 2011.
I am posting part of the most recent history of the cathedral, borrowed from Wikipedia. It's worth your time to read the whole article and to see a photo of the building in its heyday.
The February 2011 Christchurch earthquake destroyed the spire and part of the tower and severely damaged the structure of the remaining building. The cathedral had been damaged previously by earthquakes in 1881, 1888, 1901, 1922 and 2010.
In late March 2012 work began demolishing the cathedral. The initial work involves removing the cathedral's windows and tower.
By 23 April 2012, nine windows had their stained glass removed and work had begun to slowly pull down masonry from the cathedral tower.
On 15 November 2012 the High Court of New Zealand issued an interim judgment granting an application for judicial review made by the Great Christchurch Buildings Trust, challenging the lawfulness of the earlier decision by the church to demolish the cathedral. This placed a stay on that decision and halted demolition of the cathedral.
While accepting that the application for judicial review should be granted, the court did not set aside the decision of the church at this stage. Because the diocese had indicated it wanted to rebuild on the site, its decision to demolish the building was "incomplete" but not unlawful. It was said that the diocese should have an opportunity to reconsider and complete its decision having regard to the interim judgment.
In granting the review, Justice Chisholm ruled the diocese must formally commit to rebuilding a cathedral in Cathedral Square, but was not required to replicate the cathedral as it stood before the quake. Justice Chisholm did not set any time frame but ruled that he wanted the review to take place "as soon as possible."
See Workshop for a frontal view- an even sadder sight.
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papagolf21 (86746) 2014-04-09 3:31
Très intéressante note d'accompagnement !
Un sujet qui a toute sa place sur le site de TE.
Très bon reportage.
Très bonne journée.
jhm (140054) 2014-04-09 4:10
Indeed the nature can are very hard, a pity that these nice church is destroyed through these earthquakes of 2011.
Your WS picture shows perfect that these church can almost not become restaured.
Nice perspective and depth picture.
Excellent captured, lovely presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
dta (67246) 2014-04-09 4:55
Hello Klaus ,
Your serie In Christchurch is really informative and ineresting . A pitty that this beautiful cathedral will not be restored . As you say , the WS looks even sadder ;
Excepted of this tragical disaster , this is a very good picture , with perfect framing of the building with the cross on the left .
Sergiom (61132) 2014-04-09 5:29
J'aime beaucoup le point de vue très bas qui donne de l'ampleur à cette belle église ainsi que son cimetière. Une belle utilisation du bleu du ciel comme arrière plan. J'aime beaucoup ce toit qui ressemble à ceux de la Bourgogne.
Kamilutka (8095) 2014-04-09 5:47
well documented scene but it is a shame such a beautiful cathedral is beyond repair. I like the details of the roof and windows in this church very much.
The whole composition has been well planned and the cross in the corner creates nice point of interest in the foreground. Pretty colors and very good sharpness.
Thanks for sharing
Romano46 (18466) 2014-04-09 5:53
composizione grandiosadal titolo appropriato al soggetto.
Ottimi i colori, eccellente il soggetto e nitidezza impeccabile.
Ciao e buona giornata
elenimavrandoni (14259) 2014-04-09 10:32
Klaudio, I really like your work because it is always very representative to all the places that you've visited!! great work!
carlo62 (33793) 2014-04-09 14:51
una nota triste e interessante, come la foto.
Un bel documento, la storia di questa cattedrale è stata ostacolata dai molti terremoti, un vero peccato.
worldcitizen (7067) 2014-04-09 15:47
It's a shame that this historic cathedral can't be saved. At the same time it's interesting to see the current situation in Christchurch three years after the earthquake through your series. This particular photo is well-taken, although the subject is not a happy one. I like the inclusion of the cross with different figures on it, and the WS view.
kathryn_weir (2056) 2014-04-09 18:09
Good morning Klaudio,
Such a poignant shot you have presented here. I particularly like the framing to include the Angel and crucifix- it adds a whole other-wordly dimension to your composition.
Sucha terribly sad situation following on the heels of this tragic earthquake. Sadly, these things tend to drag on for a very long time and it is easy to understand the arguments from both parties. Maybe they need to take a leaf from London's approach and allow the ruin to remain once it is made safe (as a reminder of the tragedy / monument) and then gift other land to the Church for a replacement Church? There is something quite hauntingly beautiful and evocative about Church/ cathedral ruins after all .......
Thank you for your informative background note.
I would love to visit NZ....on my bucket list!
Have a great Thursday
dekanski (3456) 2014-04-10 13:03
odličan snimak. Jedino mi smeta prvi plan, no sa druge strane i to je deo priče o jadnom stanju katedrale.
kato (11630) 2014-04-11 21:14
Hi dear Klaudio,
You're capturing well this place by a good angle and excellent tone/clarity, so it's impressive to see the Cathedral with the demolition by the earthquakes of 2011, although it's pity. For the residents who consider it as the ground of faith of Christianity, I understand the feeling that the residents hope to rebuild a cathedral in Cathedral Square. The problem is that this country is an area where earthquakes occur frequently. Moreover, it collapses when or nobody understands. Probably, the local government and the judicial authorities will also be anxious in the point including reconstruction money. It's a fact that society is moving by the actual social situation aside from the ideal.
SnapRJW (31435) 2014-04-25 8:08
Hello again - It is sad that the future of this place of worship is no more. I hope that as much as can be salvaged for future generations will be. A rich part of the cities history deserves salvaging as far as possible. I wonder how many people have passed through its doors over the years and how many have felt comfort at being part of the congregation.
A very good contribution to TE.
jmdias (56127) 2014-06-11 17:55
it is a really beautiful building and I liked in special of the roof. it is a pity it would be demolished, but I hope they will do like Peruvians that rebuild their churches in the same way after each earthquake.