February 14, 2013

Germany's Great Church Sell-Off

Matthias Schulz, Der Spiegel

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Dwindling church attendance and dire financial straits are forcing the Catholic and Protestant Churches in Germany to sell off church buildings en masse. Some are demolished, while others are turned into restaurants or indoor mountain climbing centers.

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