Earthquake damaged Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament
The Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament (popularly known as the Christchurch Basilic) is located in the city centre of Christchurch, New Zealand. It is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Christchurch and seat of the Bishop of Christchurch.
Designed by architect Francis Petre, it is generally held to be the finest Renaissance-style building in New Zealand. On 7 April 1983, the building was registered as a Category I heritage item by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust, with the registration number 47. It is regarded as an outstanding example of church architecture in Australasia, and is regarded as Petre's best design.
The Cathedral was closed after the 4 September 2010 Canterbury earthquake. The February 2011 Christchurch earthquake collapsed the two bell towers at the front of the building and destabilised the dome.The dome was removed and the rear of the Cathedral was demolished.
A decision on the future of the building remains to be made.