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Hundreds attend Christchurch cathedral dedication

Posted on: August 16, 2013 1:26 PM
Related Categories: New Zealand

From Radio NZ

Anglicans turned up in their hundreds on Thursday night to attend the dedication service for Christchurch's Transitional Cathedral.

Around 600 people from throughout Canterbury and the West Coast attended the ceremony at the A-frame cathedral, which is made up of large cardboard cylinders.

Those spoken to by Radio New Zealand were full of praise for the cathedral's radical design, courtesy of Japanese architect Shigeru Ban.

Bishop Victoria Matthews says she visited the cathedral several times when it was a construction site but wasn't prepared for her reaction the first time she saw it set up as a church.

"The tears came to my eyes and I really had a hard time keeping control because it was just so powerful," she said.

Bishop Matthews hopes the cathedral will provide a place for Cantabrians to reflect on what is really important in life following the earthquakes.

She says it is very special to have the empty chair memorial to the 185 earthquake victims and the site of the CTV building close by.

The Sydney Morning Herald has named the cathedral as the ninth best new attraction for globetrotters to visit in 2013.

It is open to the public every day from 9am until 5pm.