Topic: Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, 136 Barbadoes Street

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Christchurch's Roman Catholic Cathedral, the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament was designed by Francis William Petrie and was badly damaged in the 2010 & 2011 earthquakes.

BasilicaChristchurch's Roman Catholic Cathedral, the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, is considered one of the finest examples of Church architecture in Australasia.

Designed by  Francis William Petrie in a neo-classical style based on an old Roman basilica, it was constructed over four years from 1901 - 1905 by J. & W. Jamieson.  Materials include Oamaru stone, Mount Somers stone,copper clad domes and steel.

The light and spacious interior contains many treasures, including works by several local artists.  Its  superb acoustics made it a fine venues for concerts.

The cathedral was badly damaged in the 2010 & 2011 earthquakes and a decison on its future is still to be made as of 2014.

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