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VISION & REALIT

CHRISTCHURCH'S CATHEDRAL IN THE SQUARE

By: Colin Brown

Trade Size Softcover in Good Condition, the cover is quite tatty and scuffed around the edges

"The Cathedral in the Square is Christchurch's most famous symbol, visited by thousands of tourists every year. And it is the focus of a strong, ever-changing community of faith.

The designation "Cathedral Square" appears on the earliest plans for Christchurch but, even after the foundations were laid in 1864, the project languished and the site was nearly sold off. Eventually the first stage - the nave and tower - was completed and opened in 1881: the transepts and chancel followed in 1904.

The building's history has not been free of controversy: there was an outery when Benjamin Mountfort was not appointed the local, supervising architect in the 1860s and in the 1990s the argument over the visitors' center must rate as one of Christchurch's most celebrated public battles.

From Henry Jacobs onward, the cathedral's deans have been significant figures in civic and ecclesiastical life; the choir and cathedral organists a vital part of the city's musical and cultural scene. And long-serving precentors, vergers, chapter members and a small army of volunteers have contributed to the life and liveliness of the cathedral community.

Most recently, the cathedral has had to come to terms with the downturn in church attendance and the upturn in tourism, finding a new role in a new century.

Freshly researched, candid, comprehensive and generously illustrated, Vision and Reality is a fitting tribute to the Cathedral in the Square."

Can be collected from Ilam in Christchurch (within 5 days of auction ending)

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