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"St. Johns, a little Gem on Latimer Square" Top 5 Page for this destination Christchurch Off The Beaten Path Tip by Kakapo2

Christchurch Off The Beaten Path: 105 reviews and 178 photos

  Rather a castle tower than a typical church tower.
by Kakapo2
  • Rather a castle tower than a typical church tower. - Christchurch
      Rather a castle tower than a typical church tower.
    by Kakapo2
  • The big trees give the church a romantic flair. - Christchurch
      The big trees give the church a romantic flair.
    by Kakapo2

If you were a transvestite you would certainly pass at St. Johns Anglican Church, or at least spot it from time to time, as Latimer Square is (in)famous for this branch of sex-searching night-owls.

During daytime you would not find hints of this special use and have more of an eye for this little gem of St. Johns which has a romantic touch due to the high surrounding trees and looks particularly appealing in winter when the trees have no leaves.

The interesting architectural feature about this church (from 1865) is that although it is clearly neo-gothic style like Christchurch Cathedral, the spire looks more like the tower of a European knight's castle than a typical skywards-reaching pointed church tower

I could not find out who built this church (as the church website is strictly parish-orientated and the historic websites only show old pictures but no explanations) - but I will keep on reseraching and try to find the information. Probably they just did not have the money to build a proper roof, as in those days Christchurch was a small and poor community, or it once burnt down and could not be replaced. Although the style is similar to the Cathedral and other buildings of this era, it is not on the list of buildings of the then famous architect Benjamin Montfort.

But for whatever reason it looks as it looks and whoever built it, it is a beautiful church and even unique with its tower.


St. Johns is just a 10 minute walk from the city centre, located at the corner of Hereford and Madras Streets. From Cathedral Square head south on Colombo Street (towards Bus Exchange) and take the first left (Hereford St). After a couple of blocks you will see Latine Square on your left and the church on the right.

If you want to attend a service: There are two on Sundays, at 7am and 8pm. The 10am service has been moved to St. Margaret's School Chapel in Winchester St, north of Hagley Park.


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  • Written Jul 2, 2007
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