NEW ZEALAND: New Zealand is known for its natural landscapes, but its cities also boast many architecturally remarkable structures. For Christchurch, the largest city on the south island, in addition to the heartbreaking human toll, many of its architectural and historic landmarks were destroyed or severely damaged in a devastating earthquake that occurred on February 22, 2011. Some of the pictures in this gallery were taken in Christchurch shortly prior to the earthquake, in January 2011. The remainder were taken in other parts of the South Island of the country.
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