Final farewell to Christchurch's cathedral

10:07 pm on 18 March 2012

More than 30,000 people have again turned out this weekend to take a last look at Christchurch's condemned cathedral before it is demolished.

The Anglican Church owns the building and has decided it is beyond saving, and all but the bottom two or three metres of the building will be brought down.

Once the demolition of the neighboring BNZ building begins, Cathedral Square will have to be closed off.

The 130-year-old ChristChurch Cathedral was severely damaged in last year's February earthquake and has continued to deteriorate in subsequent tremors.

Anglican Bishop Victoria Matthews has said the demolition is to ensure people's safety.

It was the second weekend the public have been allowed close to the church.

More than 20,000 people queued to get a last glimpse of the cordoned-off cathedral last weekend when Cathedral Square was opened to the public.

Many people said the damage did look worse when seen first-hand but were divided on whether the building should be totally demolished.

The Anglican Church says once it has undergone further work a decision will be made on a new cathedral.

The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority says the weekend's earthquakes have caused even more damage to the front of the cathedral.