07 October 2014

HTC onwards - and upwards: Auckland's Holy Trinity Cathedral re-opens with a new view heavenward

More than 500 Aucklanders thronged Holy Trinity Cathedral’s Evensong last night and experienced their cathedral in a way that few have done before. They came to celebrate the cathedral’s re-opening after four months' closure while the ‘bridge’ – the structure that had always separated the nave from the chancel – was removed and structural steel inserted pending the installation of a new $4.5 million organ from England. The removal of the bridge has dramatically changed the feel of the cathedral by visually tying together the older Gothic Revival-influenced chancel with the Pacific fale-style nave, and radically extending the vista from the cathedral’s doors through to the high altar, perhaps 80 metres distant.