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Notes on the Geography of New Zealand: Wellington: Photo 21

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A super-special, Great Mirror Three Star winner, this is Old St. Paul's, which from 1866 to 1964 was the cathedral of the diocese of Wellington. The architect was none other than the Reverend Frederick Thatcher, who evidently feared fire less than earthquakes. The transepts, visible here on the left, were added later for stability; the slate roof came in 1924 and replaced shingles. The church might have been destroyed when a new and bigger church opened, but somebody in the city had a brain. The government bought the church in 1967 and maintains it. No longer a parish church, it's still consecrated and available for weddings and more.

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