Christ Church Cathedral (Falkland Islands)

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The cathedral and whalebone arch.

Christ Church Cathedral on Ross Road, in Stanley, Falkland Islands, is the southernmost Anglican cathedral in the world, consecrated in 1892. This is the parish church of the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the British Antarctic Territories. The Parish of the Falkland Islands is part of the Anglican Communion. The Rector of the Cathedral is under the ordinary jurisdiction of the Bishop of the Falkland Islands; since 1978 this office has been held ex officio by the Archbishop of Canterbury, who is both ordinary and metropolitan for the small autonomous diocese. In practice authority is exercised through a bishop-commissary appointed by the Archbishop of Canterbury, and known as the Bishop for the Falkland Islands.

Cathedral interior

The church was designed by Sir Arthur Blomfield and built in 1890–1892 from the local stone and brick.

The Cathedral is built on the site of Holy Trinity Church, which was destroyed by a peat slip in 1886.

The Cathedral is in possession of the Garter banner of Edward Shackleton, Baron Shackleton, which hung in St. George's Chapel in Windsor during his lifetime.[1]

In the front of this church stands a monument—a whalebone arch, made from the jaws of two blue whales. The monument was raised in 1933 to commemorate the centenary of the British rule in Falkland Islands.

An image of the church is featured on the reverse side of all Falkland Islands pound banknotes.

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Coordinates: 51°41′32″S 57°51′31″W / 51.69222°S 57.85861°W / -51.69222; -57.85861