Cathedral Square is the city centre of Christchurch, New Zealand. As the name suggests, it is directly in front of the city's Anglican cathedral, Christ Church.
Originally intended to be called Ridley Square (after the Protestant martyr Nicholas Ridley), the area was developed in the 1850s and 1860s, with work starting on the cathedral in 1862. A statue to Robert Godley, the city's founder, was erected in 1867, and the city's central post office was located alongside the square a few years later. The original choice of Ridley is another of Christchurch's many references to Oxford, since Ridley was martyred there.
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