The earthquake damaged iconic Christ Church cathedral in Christchurch City is to be demolised, it was announced this afternoon.. It will be a gentle demolition down to two metres initially to recover heritage items within the cathedral. There will be no bulldozers or wrecking balls to demolish the 19th century gothic style cathedral that has been the central focus of the city since it was built in the mid 1800's. Being Christchurch born and bred and a resident until I was 20 yrs old, I will lament the passing of this iconic building known throughout the world