A $6 million cardboard cathedral was officially dedicated in New Zealand on Thursday, replacing the neo-Gothic structure destroyed in a 2011 earthquake that killed 185 people.
Made from nearly 100 24-inch cardboard tubes coated with waterproof polyurethane, the new building, in Christchurch, is expected to last for more than a decade while a permanent replacement is built.
It includes a mosaic of colored, triangular glass etched with images from the original cathedral's facade, which dates to 1864.
Acting dean Lynda Patterson told Agence France-Presse that the official opening of the innovative structure marked a major milestone in the city's recovery from the devastating 6.3-magnitude quake that leveled much of the downtown area.
"The old cathedral symbolized the city in many ways, and we think this cathedral is a symbol that Christchurch is regrouping and rebuilding," she told AFP.
"The community has a cathedral again. It's a place where people can come for quiet contemplation in the city center and somewhere we can hold concerts and art exhibitions."