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This is a picture of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament located in Christchurch, New Zealand. The cathedral is also known as the Christchurch Basilica. The Catholic Cathedral has been designed by Francis Petre a famous architect born in New Zealand in August 1847. The Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament is considered as the biggest completed job in his architect life. Fifty men have been employed to build the Christchurch Basilica. The Catholic Cathedral that you observe on the picture has replaced a small wooden church designed by Benjamin Mountfort. The old wooden church was built in 1864. The construction of the Cathedral started in 1901 and was officially finished and opened in February 1905. The church has been designed in Italian basilica style. The pediment of the Cathedral has been in the Sebastiano Serlio style. Francis Petre designed different churches in New Zealand and three Cathedrals in New Zealand. Here are some of the churches and cathedrals he designed, St. Dominic Priory in Dunedin, St Joseph Cathedral also located in Dunedin, St Patrick Church in Lawrence, St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Milton, St Patrick Basilica in Oamaru, Timaru Basilica in Timaru, The Sacred Heart Cathedral in Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand. This famous architect designed also a large number of houses. Petre was considered as someone who devoted his life to architecture and loved his job. Pinner House and Woodside Mansion, Phoenix House, Cargill’s Castle located in Dunedin, Llanmaes Mansion in Christchurch are examples of houses designed by the famous architect.



Christchurch Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament




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