Cathedral Square, locally known simply as the Square, is the geographical centre and heart of Christchurch, New Zealand, where the city’s Anglican cathedral, Christchurch Cathedral is located. The square stands at the theoretical crossing of the city’s two main orthogonal streets, Colombo Street and Worcester Street, though in practice both have been either blocked off or detoured around the square itself.
Looking down Worcester Boulevard I could see Cathedral Square. When I was here in 2013, this section of the city was closed and was part of the “Red Zone” as a result of the 2011 earthquake, so it was great to be able to get into the square this time.
John Godley Statue
Commemorating the founder of Canterbury, the statue was unveiled in 1867 in the square. The statue fell from its plinth in the 2011 earthquake and took four years for it to be returned to its position.
Christchurch Chief Post Office
The building was initially a post office with other government services, and until the 2011 Christchurch earthquake, it was a Visitor Information Centre. Since the 2011 earthquake, it has been closed.
There was lots of street art within the square.
The Chalice, a large piece of modern sculpture in the form of an inverted cone, has stood in the square since 2000.
The Christchurch tram (a tourist tram) has a stop within the Cathedral Square. It runs in a loop around the city.
All around Cathedral Square, there are buildings still damaged from the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes that are either currently being restored or are boarded up waiting their fate. There are also bare patches of ground waiting for their new buildings.
This is the map of where I walked – This post covers point 9