Christchurch Cathedral, New Zealand by John Dalkin

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My thoughts are with the people of Christchurch, New Zealand.
Sadly ths beautiful building was badly damaged, with a great loss of life in the devastating earthquake which hit the area in febuary 2011

The Anglican Cathedral was built in the second half of the 19th century. It is located in the centre of the city, surrounded by the plaza of Cathedral Square. It is the cathedral seat of the Bishop of Christchurch.

The cornerstone was laid on 16 December 1864, but financial problems in the fledgling city saw its completion delayed between 1865 and 1873. The nave and tower were consecrated by 1881, though the entire building was not finished until 1904.

The cathedral was originally designed by British architect Sir George Gilbert Scott with the New Zealand architect Benjamin Mountfort as supervisory architect on the site. Initial plans called for wooden construction, but plans were changed with the discovery of a source of good quality masonry stone locally. Banks Peninsula totara and matai timber was used for the roof supports.

Photo taken with a Canon EOS 20D


  • John Dalkin
    John Dalkinabout 4 years ago

  • Krys Bailey
    Krys Baileyabout 4 years ago

    Such a terrible catastrophe John, obviously on the human scale, but also to lose beautiful historic architecture like this. Makes you appreciate the role photography has in the world to preserve sights like this forever. Beautifully captured and presneted.

  • Krys Bailey
    Krys Baileyabout 4 years ago

    … someones been moving my keys around again…… ;o)

  • Thanks Krys, yes it is so sad abour Christchurch, such a beautiful City, and friendly people.
    Don`t worry about the keys, I am typing one fingered following my shoulder op and arm in a sling !

    – John Dalkin

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonabout 4 years ago

    Such a loss for Christchurch… what a beautiful tribute, John.

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • Thanks Audrey so sad about Christchurch

    – John Dalkin

  • Lynn  Gibbons
    Lynn Gibbonsabout 4 years ago

    Wonderful photograph so sad about this and what’s happening in Christchurch. I am sure all our thoughts are with the people of New Zealand.

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • Many thanks for the feature Audrey

    – John Dalkin

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...about 4 years ago

    Gorgeous capture

  • Marie Sharp
    Marie Sharpabout 4 years ago

  • Many thanks for the feature Marie

    – John Dalkin

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonabout 4 years ago

    February 28,2011

  • Many thanks for the feature

    – John Dalkin

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