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“maagnificent past but ruined reality: sad earthquake victim”

Canterbury Provincial Buildings
Reviewed 17 August 2012

Sadly our beautiful provincial buildings do not exist now...my visit was to pass by and look at the devastation that had occurred following the earthquakes in Christchurch. Sadly the very magnificent provincial buildings were significantly damaged. we hope there can be restoration but damage is extreme.

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Reviewed 23 April 2012

Collapsed in the earthquakes but ruins are still there. May be restored.

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Reviewed 20 January 2012

All the reviews prior to 22 February 2011 are correct, it was a real gem but was reduced to a ruin by the earthquakes that day and since then. I hope it can be reconstructed.

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Reviewed 27 August 2009

Along with the botanical gardens, the Avon river and the cathedral, these were already on my list of things I wanted to do. We arrived there about 10.00am on a weekday and spent around one hour and we were the only ones there. The caretaker/guide/historian was only too pleased to show us around and explain things. The buildings themselves have been beautifully restored and the video presentation was very good in the little museum. We saw the video AFTER we had done the buildings, but I recommend that you do the video first, as you'll get more out of the rest later. The Museum itself was pretty basic, but don't let that put you off.
The stone chamber is used for weddings quite often, (many Asian couples during the week and locals at weekends) and I can see why, it would make a spectacular backdrop.

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Reviewed 13 February 2009

The Canterbury Provincial Buildings were the seat of the Canterbury provincial government until the provinces were abolished in 1876. They are a stone and timber complex situated by the Avon River in the city centre. Some of it is given over to offices, but visitors can explore much of it including the beautiful vaulted stone chamber and the charming little manorial-style wooden chamber which looks out on to the river. There is also an interesting interpretation room describing the building's history and personalities. Most visitors don't even notice this place as it is under promoted and the main entrance is on an unappealing one-way street (Durham St). But it's one of the best things in central Christchurch, and best of all it's free!

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