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Destroying a 19th century church in Western France

A pigeon flies over the Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens church in Geste, western France, August 29, 2013. (REUTERS/Stephane Mahe)

Destroying a 19th century church in Western France

The Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens, a 19th century neo-gothic parish church was scheduled for demolition in 2007 by the city council. With only the bell tower and crypt remaining, the current church will be replaced in 2016, which will be cheaper to maintain.



This destruction is part of a large debate across France where villages are faced with churches in deteriorating condition, diminishing populations, fewer parishioners and priests, and increasing upkeep costs. (Reuters)