A tale of two Cities
When I visited the South Island 14/15 years ago the Nelson Christ Church Cathedral definitely stood out as the highlight of the visit. On our passing through this time around, I was again amazed at the strong impression of sanctity this building evokes.
This church is definitely a landmark that inspired me to enter for a moment of prayer.
The Maori name for the hill on which the church stands is Pikimai meaning "come up hither".
It inadvertently makes me think of Isiah 1:18 “'Come now, let’s settle this,' says the Lord. 'Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.'"
Besides the cathedral there are many other buildings that are simply rich in history and design. My impression of Nelson this time around is that there are seemingly contradictory areas . There is the side with aesthetic, architecturally rich buildings and the beautiful Trafalgar Street area with the cathedral and then there is another part that seems purely functional with modern shops for everyday life. It almost feels like two characters that don't blend all that harmoniously.
Nelson Christ Church Cathedral
Just two of the beautiful glass stained windows in the cathedral.
Looking down Trafalgar Street from the cathedral.