NZ 2016 – Day 1 – Christchurch – Part 3 – August 2016

Cathedral Square

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.
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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.

Cathedral Square - Looking up Worcester Blvd towards the Cathedral

Cathedral Square – Looking up Worcester Blvd towards the Cathedral

Telephone Booth - Cathedral Square

Telephone Booth – Cathedral Square

Cathedral Square - Looking up Worcester Blvd

Cathedral Square – Looking up Worcester Blvd

Cathedral Square - Looking up Worcester Blvd

Cathedral Square – Looking up Worcester Blvd

Cathedral Square

Cathedral Square

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.
Wikipedia

Cathedral Square - John Godley Statue

Cathedral Square – John Godley Statue

Cathedral Square - John Godley Statue

Cathedral Square – John Godley Statue

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.
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Cathedral Square - Chief Post Office

Cathedral Square – Chief Post Office

Cathedral Square - Chief Post Office

Cathedral Square – Chief Post Office

Street Art

There was lots of street art within the square.

Cathedral Square - Street Art

Cathedral Square – Street Art

Cathedral Square - Street Art

Cathedral Square – Street Art

Cathedral Square - Street Art

Cathedral Square – Street Art

Cathedral Square - Street Art

Cathedral Square – Street Art

Chalice

The Chalice, a large piece of modern sculpture in the form of an inverted cone, has stood in the square since 2000.
Wikipedia

Cathedral Square - Chalice

Cathedral Square – Chalice

Cathedral Square - Chalice

Cathedral Square – Chalice

Cathedral Square - Chalice

Cathedral Square – Chalice

Trams

The Christchurch tram (a tourist tram) has a stop within the Cathedral Square. It runs in a loop around the city.

Cathedral Square - Tram

Cathedral Square – Tram

Cathedral Square - Tram

Cathedral Square – Tram

Cathedral Square - Tram

Cathedral Square – Tram

Cathedral Square - Tram

Cathedral Square – Tram

Damaged buildings

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.

Cathedral Square - Damaged Building

Cathedral Square – Damaged Building

Walking Map

This is the map of where I walked – This post covers point 9

Christchurch Day 1 Walk Map

Christchurch Day 1 Walk Map

Christchurch Day 1 Walk Legend

Christchurch Day 1 Walk Legend

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Christchurch, New Zealand

Christchurch, New Zealand

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Cathedral Square

Godley Statue

Chief Post Office

Chalice

Christchurch Tram

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