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Cathedrals crash in Christchurch quake

A deadly earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, has massively damaged the city’s Anglican and Catholic cathedrals.

Cathedrals crash in Christchurch quake

February 22, 2011

A severe earthquake that has killed dozens and possibly hundreds of people in Christchurch, New Zealand, has also massively damaged the city’s Anglican and Catholic cathedrals.

New Zealand Herald reported that Christchurch’s historic cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament on Barbadoes Street had half collapsed, Sify reports. The remaining part of the building had also filled with cracks.

The spire on the Christchurch Cathedral has also collapsed, the media report said.

The Anglican cathedral has been described as one of the finest examples of church architecture in Australasia.

Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw, when he toured New Zealand in 1934, compared the cathedral to the work of the Italian Renaissance architect, Filippo Brunelleschi.

SOURCE

150-year-old cathedral damaged in New Zealand quake (Sify)

Before-and-after interactive photos from the Christchurch quake (Herald-Sun)

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