Christ Church Cathedral
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- Christ Church CathedralMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6First to ReviewJul 05, 2012
Christ Church Cathedral is the episcopal seat of the Bishop of the Diocese of British Columbia. It's High Anglican at it's best and a stunning Cathedral to behold both inside and outside. Gayle and I wandered in and were awestruck, despite the fact that we've lost track of how many Houses of Worship we've visited in our travels. We especially enjoyed the interior stained glass, the feeling of sanctity and peace, and the bells that tolled on Sunday morning. It's right next to Pioneer Square and an easy walk from any point in the Downtown area. It's definitely worth a stop and a prayerful reflection no matter what your religious persuasion might be. A handy self-tour brochure is also available.
Christ Church Cathedral was built in the Gothic style of the thirteenth century to the design of J.C.M. Keith, who won an international competition in 1896 to obtain this commission. Only the Nave was initially completed, and this portion of the building was consecrated in 1929. Further building was delayed by the Depression, and then by the Second World War. The western towers were completed in the 1950s and the reconstruction of the East End, completed and consecrated in 1991 renders the Cathedral one of Canada's largest and most impressive churches.