Outside the cathedral

The Commemorative Tower foundation stone, unveiled by Queen Elizabeth II on November 5 1995, is inset into a pillar outside the Cathedral’s main entrance.

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The Cathedral’s Consecration Stone was unveiled by Queen Elizabeth II, and blessed by the Right Reverend Dr. Thomas Brown, Tenth Bishop of Wellington on 24 February 2002.

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Gargoyles and Chimera on the outside of the building depict birds, animals and people, cast in concrete by Wellington sculptor J A McCready. A gargoyle is a carved figure on the outside of buildings that works as a waterspout, while Chimera are also carved figures but are ornamental only. Some of the people are said to be well known Wellington personalities of the time, including Bishop Baines.