The Masjif Al Noor mosque is the biggest mosque in Christchurch, and one of the oldest in New Zealand.
Until today, it was a place of refuge for many, including Christchurch's refugees.
Trip Advisor describes it as a peaceful place, where love and humanity flow. Today, there was no peace to be found.
TVNZ's Carolyn Robinson looks into what makes the Masjif Al Noor mosque, after a day that Prime Minister Jacinda Arden called one of New Zealand's "darkest".