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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Stealing a church

Perhaps heeding Daniel Burnham's dictum to "make no small plans", thieves in Russia have stolen an entire church.
Russian church 'taken by thieves'

A 200-year-old church building has disappeared from a village in central Russia, officials from the Russian Orthodox Church say.

The building had stood near the village of Komarovo since 1809.

It was intact in July but some time in early October thieves made off with it brick by brick, they said.


This is evidently pretty common in rural areas:

Thieves often target churches in rural Russia. Religious icons can be sold and church structures sold off for building materials.


There are a lot of abandoned church buildings in the rural midwest as well. These are usually protestant churches which are devoid of icons.