World tour to inspire new cathedral

Last updated 05:00 30/05/2012

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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.

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