World tour to inspire new cathedral

Last updated 05:00 30/05/2012

Relevant offers

Christchurch Earthquake 2011

History revisited at Homebush Court still busy with quake cases RSA demolition 'a nightmare' Threat postpones Southern Response meeting Ministry right to not name 'CTV-like' buildings WorkSafe: Asbestos management flawed Neighbours key to wellbeing - study Free fun events to help ease quake stress City council grants church $43,000 Port Hills drone footage aired

A group headed by Bishop Victoria Matthews and including architects from Warren and Mahoney is to embark on a world tour for inspiration for a new Cathedral in the Square.

The bishop and her companions will visit Britain, Europe and the United States to view 12 cathedrals and relevant buildings.

The buildings to be studied include Coventry Cathedral, which has retained the ruins after bombing during World War II, as well as St Martin-in-the-Fields in London.

In Europe, the bishop will view La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, a cathedral that is still being finished.

In the United States the group will see the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland, California, a cathedral built after its predecessor was severely damaged in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.

The consultants involved were not charging for their time on the trip, Anglican diocese spokeswoman Fiona Summerfield said.

Meanwhile, Christ Church Cathedral was damaged further in Friday's magnitude-5.2 earthquake.

There has been bowing in the walls, especially towards the southern end of the cathedral, and more stone has fallen, Summerfield said.

She said plans for the safe deconstruction of the cathedral would take into account the ongoing seismic activity in Canterbury.

Ad Feedback

- The Press

Comments

Special offers
Opinion poll

Is it worth spending extra to repair heritage buildings?

Yes, Christchurch needs to invest in its heritage buildings

No, we should embrace modern design if it is cheaper and quicker

Only some heritage buildings are worth the money

Vote Result

Related story: Landmark church nearly $1m short

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content