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Snow church opens in Germany



After weeks of preparation, the people of Mitterfirmiansreut, Germany, opened a small Catholic church built entirely of snow and ice, ABC News reported.

The snow church is part of a long tradition in Mitterfirmiansreut dating back more than 100 years. The ritual harks back to when town authorities denied a formal request from residents to open their own traditional house of worship. So the petitioners decided instead to erect a church out of nothing but snow and ice.

The ice sculpture reportedly cost more than US$200,000 to create and was delayed for several weeks by warm weather. The structure -- nicknamed "God's Igloo" -- was made with 49,000 cubic feet of snow. It's roughly 65 feet in length, and even has a tower.





       据悉,眼下这座被称为“上帝的雪屋”的冰雪教堂大概花费了20多万美元,工期还因为暖和的天气拖延了好几周。它总共由 4.9万立方英尺的雪建成,长约65英尺,上面还有个小塔。

(China.org.cn January 5, 2012)

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