The exterior of the First Church of Otago, which was built in 1873 in Dunedin in Otago, on the East Coast of the South Island of New Zealand shows a very tall spire with a grand entrance and the rest of the church laid out behind it. The church was designed by Robert Lawson and the thing that strikes most visitors about this building is how tall and straight the spire is and how it appears to be stabbing at the sky.
It was in 1848 that the settlers of this region called Dunedin were granted to be a Free Church of Scotland settlement and they built what was the 'first church' of this region and made resident Reverend Thomas Burns as their minister. It was on the 23 of November 1873 that the church first opened its doors, after much toil and hard work from the local men, who had to lower the hill that the church is surrounded by 40 feet with just their hands and hand tools.
Over the years the church has had to undergo some restoration to keep it in good condition and to preserve history, but as it was built so well in the beginning, it hasn't had to undergo many repairs. The residents of Dunedin are very proud of this the First Church and tell all visitors that they must go and see it while they are in the city; it's not a sight to be missed. Some visitors have compared it to some of the Gothic cathedrals of Europe and the design of the exterior certainly makes it look that way.
Exterior of the First Church of Otago built in 1873, Dunedin, Otago, East Coast, South Island, New Zealand.
I photographed this photo with the digital SLR camera model Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II, aperture of f/7.1, exposure time of 1/160 sec. on ISO 100, as always I used a original Canon Lens, the focus lenght for this picture was 24mm.
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