Thursday, November 01, 2007

Not the Holy House of Loretto...

but an article from the Times about a church which has travelled 7 miles:
A 700-year-old church completed a week-long trip to its new home in eastern Germany so that its former site can be mined for coal. The Emmaus Church, first mentioned in documents in 1297, was originally in Heuersdorf, near Leipzig. Loaded on to a flatbed trailer and held by steel braces, it travelled 12 km (7 miles) to the Martin Luther Square in Borna in time for Reformation Day. The stone church weighs about 750 tonnes. The Mibrag company paid €3 million (£2 million) to move the church so that it can get at 50 million tonnes of lignite, or brown coal.

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