When people think of my city…

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They think of the Cathedral in the Square right in the centre of Christchurch. Perhaps they also now think of the Chalice – the rather stunning sculpture to the right of the Cathedral.

Designed in the gothic revival style, the (Anglican) cathedral takes its name from the Oxford University college of Christ Church in the UK. Ceiling timbers of matai and totara come from Banks Peninsula and stone from nearby quarries. Art work around the walls express the different cultures – Maori, Polynesian and Pakeha – that make up the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia. See www.christchurchcathedral.co.nz

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23 Comments

  • Kate
    10 years ago

    A beautiful church and an unusual sculpture; an equally unusual pairing, I think.

  • Sally
    10 years ago

    Beautiful shot. When I think of ChCh I think of Lyttelton and the peninsula, which I thought was just beautiful! (and the fact I was in the centre on a Sunday in the 1980s, and it was ….errr…..quiet. And the lovely banks of the Avon.

  • 10 years ago

    Your photo is super. Love the Church and sculpture.

  • 10 years ago

    Wonderful shot … love the perspective.

  • 10 years ago

    the sculpture is beautiful!

    I think the classic architechture of the cathedral on the background and a more modern looking piece on the foreground made it a fantastic combination!

    great capture 🙂

  • 10 years ago

    I’d never heard of the chalice but your beautiful beautiful photo makes me understand why it is becoming one of the city’s icon. Light and perspective, it’s brilliant!
    Cheers from Avignon!

  • 10 years ago

    Bizarrely I remember the chalice and not the cathedral from my last visit. How my memory can have missed the somewhat larger building is beyond me.

    Nice shot.

  • 10 years ago

    Absolutely stunning. No wonder people think of this view!

  • 10 years ago

    It’s all new to me, I love the roof in particular.

  • 10 years ago

    Don’t think the chalice was there in 2001. I remember the Wizard and the chessboard in Cathedral Square and the trams.

    I’m not running with the theme this month but do stop by nonetheless

  • 10 years ago

    What a beautiful shot!

  • 10 years ago

    A very beautiful church…..I will remember it!

  • 10 years ago

    The best shot I’ve ever encounter the church and this sculpture in one.

  • 10 years ago

    Wonderful photo!

  • 10 years ago

    That is a beautiful church and sculpture, and a lovely angle on that photo!

  • 10 years ago

    Incredible photo! Happy Theme Day from Maui, Hawaii.

  • 10 years ago

    Great shot and perspective!

  • 10 years ago

    This is such an outstanding photo for our theme day. The composition is very attractive. I love the light you captured, too. I appreciate all the information on the church. Happy theme day!
    -Kim
    Seattle Daily Photo

  • admin
    10 years ago

    Thanks everyone for the lovely comments, I’ve enjoyed looking at everyone’s theme shots as well. I’ve been waiting for a while to take a good photo of the Cathedral, as for many months after starting this blog, the cathedral was partly covered in scaffolding. So this theme day was great timing.

    I probably took around 30 shots from all different angles – it’s a popular photography subject as even at 7pm there were at least 6 others trying to get the same shot! We were all circling each other – wondering where the other was going to next!

  • 10 years ago

    Impressive photo. Hubby and I considers New Zealand as the 1st answer to ‘where would we live if we are not in Vienna’ discussion. Now, Christchurch might be a good choice! Thanks!

  • 10 years ago

    Wow! That is such a beautiful picture – and the subjects are wonderful, too!

    Do swing by Norwich Daily Photo!

    joy

  • Kelly
    10 years ago

    I was in Christchurch in January ’07, and those two structures are EXACTLY what I think of when I think of Christchurch. Also, the building that houses “Starbucks” that is in that same location. Its white and a rusty-red color, if I remember correctly.

    Great shot!
    Kelly

  • 10 years ago

    Until I visit, I’ll journey through your blog.

    Cheers!

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