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Cardboard Cathedral Planned In New Zealand

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ef worker walks past the earthquake-damaged Christchurch Cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand. The iconic downtown cathedral in central Christchurch will be deconsecrated and partially demolished due to earthquake damage earlier this year. The safety measure will allow authorities to decide whether to retain any portion of the city's most well-known building. (AP Photo/Mark Baker, File)
ef worker walks past the earthquake-damaged Christchurch Cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand. The iconic downtown cathedral in central Christchurch will be deconsecrated and partially demolished due to earthquake damage earlier this year. The safety measure will allow authorities to decide whether to retain any portion of the city's most well-known building. (AP Photo/Mark Baker, File)

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — The world's great cathedrals are known for their architectural statements: flying buttresses, soaring domes, Gothic grandeur. Not for their cardboard.

In the city of Christchurch, Anglican leaders are hoping to change that. On Monday, they announced plans to build a soaring 25-meter (82-foot) high cathedral with 104 tubes of cardboard as a temporary replacement for the iconic stone ChristChurch Cathedral, which was destroyed last year in an earthquake that killed 185 people.

The temporary cathedral will cost about 5 million New Zealand dollars ($4.1 million). It will include traditional structural materials like concrete and steel, as well as a polycarbonate roof.

The Rev. Craig Dixon said it will be weatherproof and fire-resistant.

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