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Destroying a 19th Century Church in Western France - 23 Sep 2013 
Images of the Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens, a 19th century neo-gothic parish church, which 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. 
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September 20, 2013 
A workman inspects the structure of the Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens church as they partially tear it down... 
GESTE, France 
A workman inspects the structure of the Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens church as they partially tear it down... 
A workman inspects the structure of the Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens church as they partially tear it down in the village of Geste, western France, August 29, 2013. The 19th-century neo-gothic parish church, dedicated to St. Peter, was scheduled for demolition in 2007 by the city council, a victim of its size, maintenance costs and overall municipal budget issues. The current church, with only the bell tower and crypt remaining, will be replaced by a new one in 2016 that will be far cheaper to keep up. This destruction is part of a large debate across France where villages are faced with churches in deteriorating condition, diminishing populations, with fewer parishioners and priests, and increasing upkeep costs. Picture taken August 29, 2013. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe (FRANCE - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) 
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September 20, 2013 
View of the Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens church, which is partially torn down, in the village of Geste, western... 
GESTE, France 
View of the Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens church, which is partially torn down, in the village of Geste, western... 
View of the Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens church, which is partially torn down, in the village of Geste, western France, August 29, 2013. The 19th-century neo-gothic parish church, dedicated to St. Peter, was scheduled for demolition in 2007 by the city council, a victim of its size, maintenance costs and overall municipal budget issues. The current church, with only the bell tower and crypt remaining, will be replaced by a new one in 2016 that will be far cheaper to keep up. This destruction is part of a large debate across France where villages are faced with churches in deteriorating condition, diminishing populations, with fewer parishioners and priests, and increasing upkeep costs. Picture taken August 29, 2013. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe (FRANCE - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY) 
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September 20, 2013 
Workmen remove stone rubble outside the Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens church as they partially tear it down... 
GESTE, France 
Workmen remove stone rubble outside the Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens church as they partially tear it down... 
Workmen remove stone rubble outside the Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens church as they partially tear it down in the village of Geste, western France, August 28, 2013. The 19th-century neo-gothic parish church, dedicated to St. Peter, was scheduled for demolition in 2007 by the city council, a victim of its size, maintenance costs and overall municipal budget issues. The current church, with only the bell tower and crypt remaining, will be replaced by a new one in 2016 that will be far cheaper to keep up. This destruction is part of a large debate across France where villages are faced with churches in deteriorating condition, diminishing populations, with fewer parishioners and priests, and increasing upkeep costs. Picture taken August 28, 2013. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe (FRANCE - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY) 
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September 20, 2013 
An excavator is seen among stone rubble inside the Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens church, which is partially... 
GESTE, France 
An excavator is seen among stone rubble inside the Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens church, which is partially... 
An excavator is seen among stone rubble inside the Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens church, which is partially torn down in the village of Geste, western France,September 7, 2013. The 19th-century neo-gothic parish church, dedicated to St. Peter, was scheduled for demolition in 2007 by the city council, a victim of its size, maintenance costs and overall municipal budget issues. The current church, with only the bell tower and crypt remaining, will be replaced by a new one in 2016 that will be far cheaper to keep up. This destruction is part of a large debate across France where villages are faced with churches in deteriorating condition, diminishing populations, with fewer parishioners and priests, and increasing upkeep costs. Picture taken September 7, 2013. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe (FRANCE - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY) 
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September 20, 2013 
A pigeon flies over the partially destroyed Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens church in the village of Geste, western... 
GESTE, France 
A pigeon flies over the partially destroyed Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens church in Geste 
A pigeon flies over the partially destroyed Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens church in the village of Geste, western France, September 7, 2013. The 19th-century neo-gothic parish church, dedicated to St. Peter, was scheduled for demolition in 2007 by the city council, a victim of its size, maintenance costs and overall municipal budget issues. The current church, with only the bell tower and crypt remaining, will be replaced by a new one in 2016 that will be far cheaper to keep up. This destruction is part of a large debate across France where villages are faced with churches in deteriorating condition, diminishing populations, with fewer parishioners and priests, and increasing upkeep costs. Picture taken September 7, 2013. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe (FRANCE - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY) 
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September 20, 2013 
View of the Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens church, which is partially torn down, in the village of Geste, western... 
GESTE, France 
View of the Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens church, which is partially torn down, in the village of Geste, western... 
View of the Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens church, which is partially torn down, in the village of Geste, western France, August 29, 2013. The 19th-century neo-gothic parish church, dedicated to St. Peter, was scheduled for demolition in 2007 by the city council, a victim of its size, maintenance costs and overall municipal budget issues. The current church, with only the bell tower and crypt remaining, will be replaced by a new one in 2016 that will be far cheaper to keep up. This destruction is part of a large debate across France where villages are faced with churches in deteriorating condition, diminishing populations, with fewer parishioners and priests, and increasing upkeep costs. Picture taken August 29, 2013. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe (FRANCE - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY) 
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September 20, 2013 
An excavator tears down the wall and the stained-glass window of the Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens church in... 
GESTE, France 
An excavator tears down the Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens church in the village of Geste, western France, western... 
An excavator tears down the wall and the stained-glass window of the Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens church in the village of Geste, western France, western France, September 10, 2013. The 19th-century neo-gothic parish church, dedicated to St. Peter, was scheduled for demolition in 2007 by the city council, a victim of its size, maintenance costs and overall municipal budget issues. The current church, with only the bell tower and crypt remaining, will be replaced by a new one in 2016 that will be far cheaper to keep up. This destruction is part of a large debate across France where villages are faced with churches in deteriorating condition, diminishing populations, with fewer parishioners and priests, and increasing upkeep costs. Picture taken September 10, 2013. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe (FRANCE - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY) 
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September 20, 2013 
A workman inspects the curved ceiling structure of the Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens church as they partially... 
GESTE, France 
A workman inspects the curved ceiling structure of the Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens church as they partially... 
A workman inspects the curved ceiling structure of the Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens church as they partially tear it down in the village of Geste, western France, August 29, 2013. The 19th-century neo-gothic parish church, dedicated to St. Peter, was scheduled for demolition in 2007 by the city council, a victim of its size, maintenance costs and overall municipal budget issues. The current church, with only the bell tower and crypt remaining, will be replaced by a new one in 2016 that will be far cheaper to keep up. This destruction is part of a large debate across France where villages are faced with churches in deteriorating condition, diminishing populations, with fewer parishioners and priests, and increasing upkeep costs. Picture taken August 29, 2013. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe (FRANCE - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY) 
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September 20, 2013 
A municipal employee walks past a Christ on the cross which is stored during the deconstruction operations... 
GESTE, France 
A municipal employee walks past a Christ on the cross which is stored during the deconstruction operations... 
A municipal employee walks past a Christ on the cross which is stored during the deconstruction operations of the Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens church in the village of Geste, western France, August 29, 2013. The 19th-century neo-gothic parish church, dedicated to St. Peter, was scheduled for demolition in 2007 by the city council, a victim of its size, maintenance costs and overall municipal budget issues. The current church, with only the bell tower and crypt remaining, will be replaced by a new one in 2016 that will be far cheaper to keep up. This destruction is part of a large debate across France where villages are faced with churches in deteriorating condition, diminishing populations, with fewer parishioners and priests, and increasing upkeep costs. Picture taken August 29, 2013. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe (FRANCE - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY) 
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September 20, 2013 
A municipal employee stands behind a Virgin Mary statue which is stored during the deconstruction operations... 
GESTE, France 
A municipal employee stands behind a Virgin Mary statue which is stored during the deconstruction operations... 
A municipal employee stands behind a Virgin Mary statue which is stored during the deconstruction operations of the Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens church in the village of Geste, western France, August 29, 2013. The 19th-century neo-gothic parish church, dedicated to St. Peter, was scheduled for demolition in 2007 by the city council, a victim of its size, maintenance costs and overall municipal budget issues. The current church, with only the bell tower and crypt remaining, will be replaced by a new one in 2016 that will be far cheaper to keep up. This destruction is part of a large debate across France where villages are faced with churches in deteriorating condition, diminishing populations, with fewer parishioners and priests, and increasing upkeep costs. Picture taken August 29, 2013. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe (FRANCE - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY) 
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September 20, 2013 
Residents look at the deconstruction operations of the Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens church in the village of... 
GESTE, France 
Residents look at the deconstruction operations of the Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens church in Geste 
Residents look at the deconstruction operations of the Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens church in the village of Geste, western France, August 29, 2013. The 19th-century neo-gothic parish church, dedicated to St. Peter, was scheduled for demolition in 2007 by the city council, a victim of its size, maintenance costs and overall municipal budget issues. The current church, with only the bell tower and crypt remaining, will be replaced by a new one in 2016 that will be far cheaper to keep up. This destruction is part of a large debate across France where villages are faced with churches in deteriorating condition, diminishing populations, with fewer parishioners and priests, and increasing upkeep costs. Picture taken August 29, 2013. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe (FRANCE - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY) 
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September 20, 2013 
A bylaw stating the closure of the Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens church is pictured on one of its doors in the... 
GESTE, France 
A bylaw stating the closure of the Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens church is pictured on one of its doors in the... 
A bylaw stating the closure of the Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens church is pictured on one of its doors in the village of Geste, western France, August 30, 2013. The 19th-century neo-gothic parish church, dedicated to St. Peter, was scheduled for demolition in 2007 by the city council, a victim of its size, maintenance costs and overall municipal budget issues. The current church, with only the bell tower and crypt remaining, will be replaced by a new one in 2016 that will be far cheaper to keep up. This destruction is part of a large debate across France where villages are faced with churches in deteriorating condition, diminishing populations, with fewer parishioners and priests, and increasing upkeep costs. Picture taken August 30, 2013. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe (FRANCE - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY) 
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September 20, 2013 
A pigeon flies over the Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens church in Geste, western France, August 29, 2013. The... 
GESTE, France 
A pigeon flies over the Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens church in Geste 
A pigeon flies over the Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens church in Geste, western France, August 29, 2013. The 19th-century neo-gothic parish church, dedicated to St. Peter, was scheduled for demolition in 2007 by the city council, a victim of its size, maintenance costs and overall municipal budget issues. The current church, with only the bell tower and crypt remaining, will be replaced by a new one in 2016 that will be far cheaper to keep up. This destruction is part of a large debate across France where villages are faced with churches in deteriorating condition, diminishing populations, with fewer parishioners and priests, and increasing upkeep costs. Picture taken August 29, 2013. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe (FRANCE - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY) 
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September 20, 2013 
A general view from the cemetery shows the Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens church partially torn down in the village... 
GESTE, France 
A general view from the cemetery shows the Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens church partially torn down in the village... 
A general view from the cemetery shows the Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens church partially torn down in the village of Geste, western France, August 30, 2013. The 19th-century neo-gothic parish church, dedicated to St. Peter, was scheduled for demolition in 2007 by the city council, a victim of its size, maintenance costs and overall municipal budget issues. The current church, with only the bell tower and crypt remaining, will be replaced by a new one in 2016 that will be far cheaper to keep up. This destruction is part of a large debate across France where villages are faced with churches in deteriorating condition, diminishing populations, with fewer parishioners and priests, and increasing upkeep costs. Picture taken August 30, 2013. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe (FRANCE - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY) 
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September 20, 2013 
Residents walk in the playground of the school next to the Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens church which is partially... 
GESTE, France 
Residents walk in the playground of the school next to the Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens church which is partially... 
Residents walk in the playground of the school next to the Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens church which is partially torn down in the village of Geste, western France, August 30, 2013. The 19th-century neo-gothic parish church, dedicated to St. Peter, was scheduled for demolition in 2007 by the city council, a victim of its size, maintenance costs and overall municipal budget issues. The current church, with only the bell tower and crypt remaining, will be replaced by a new one in 2016 that will be far cheaper to keep up. This destruction is part of a large debate across France where villages are faced with churches in deteriorating condition, diminishing populations, with fewer parishioners and priests, and increasing upkeep costs. Picture taken August 30, 2013. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe (FRANCE - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY) 
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September 20, 2013 
Father Jean Pelletier gives mass in the Salle des Loisirs Hall in the village of Geste, western France,... 
GESTE, France 
Father Jean Pelletier gives mass in the Salle des Loisirs Hall in the village of Geste, western France... 
Father Jean Pelletier gives mass in the Salle des Loisirs Hall in the village of Geste, western France, September 7, 2013. The 19th-century neo-gothic parish church in Geste, dedicated to St. Peter, was scheduled for demolition in 2007 by the city council, a victim of its size, maintenance costs and overall municipal budget issues. The current church, with only the bell tower and crypt remaining, will be replaced by a new one in 2016 that will be far cheaper to keep up. This destruction is part of a large debate across France where villages are faced with churches in deteriorating condition, diminishing populations, with fewer parishioners and priests, and increasing upkeep costs. Picture taken September 7, 2013. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe (FRANCE - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY) 
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September 20, 2013 
Former baker Marc Mourillon, aged 85, displays an image of the project for the new Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens... 
GESTE, France 
Former baker Marc Mourillon, 85, displays an image of the project for the new Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens... 
Former baker Marc Mourillon, aged 85, displays an image of the project for the new Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens church in the village of Geste, western France, September 7, 2013. The 19th-century neo-gothic parish church, dedicated to St. Peter, was scheduled for demolition in 2007 by the city council, a victim of its size, maintenance costs and overall municipal budget issues. The current church, with only the bell tower and crypt remaining, will be replaced by a new one in 2016 that will be far cheaper to keep up. This destruction is part of a large debate across France where villages are faced with churches in deteriorating condition, diminishing populations, with fewer parishioners and priests, and increasing upkeep costs. Picture taken September 7, 2013. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe (FRANCE - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY) 
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September 20, 2013 
Former baker Marc Mourillon, aged 85, shows a picture of the Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens church in his house... 
GESTE, France 
Former baker Marc Mourillon, aged 85, shows a picture of the Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens church in his house... 
Former baker Marc Mourillon, aged 85, shows a picture of the Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens church in his house in the village of Geste, western France, September 7, 2013. The 19th-century neo-gothic parish church, dedicated to St. Peter, was scheduled for demolition in 2007 by the city council, a victim of its size, maintenance costs and overall municipal budget issues. The current church, with only the bell tower and crypt remaining, will be replaced by a new one in 2016 that will be far cheaper to keep up. This destruction is part of a large debate across France where villages are faced with churches in deteriorating condition, diminishing populations, with fewer parishioners and priests, and increasing upkeep costs. Picture taken September 7, 2013. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe (FRANCE - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY) 
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September 20, 2013 
Former baker Marc Mourillon (L), aged 85, shows a picture of the Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens church as his... 
GESTE, France 
Former baker Marc Mourillon, 85, shows a picture of the Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens church as his son Jacques,... 
Former baker Marc Mourillon (L), aged 85, shows a picture of the Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens church as his son Jacques, former church organist, looks on in their house in the village of Geste, western France, September 7, 2013. The 19th-century neo-gothic parish church, dedicated to St. Peter, was scheduled for demolition in 2007 by the city council, a victim of its size, maintenance costs and overall municipal budget issues. The current church, with only the bell tower and crypt remaining, will be replaced by a new one in 2016 that will be far cheaper to keep up. This destruction is part of a large debate across France where villages are faced with churches in deteriorating condition, diminishing populations, with fewer parishioners and priests, and increasing upkeep costs. Picture taken September 7, 2013. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe (FRANCE - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY) 
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September 20, 2013 
Jacques Mourillon, former church organist from 1976 to 1999, shows a picture of his wedding celebration... 
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Jacques Mourillon, former church organist from 1976 to 1999, shows a picture of his wedding celebration... 
Jacques Mourillon, former church organist from 1976 to 1999, shows a picture of his wedding celebration with his wife Fabienne on August 14, 1989 in the Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens church in the village of Geste, western France, September 7, 2013. The 19th-century neo-gothic parish church, dedicated to St. Peter, was scheduled for demolition in 2007 by the city council, a victim of its size, maintenance costs and overall municipal budget issues. The current church, with only the bell tower and crypt remaining, will be replaced by a new one in 2016 that will be far cheaper to keep up. This destruction is part of a large debate across France where villages are faced with churches in deteriorating condition, diminishing populations, with fewer parishioners and priests, and increasing upkeep costs. Picture taken September 7, 2013. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe (FRANCE - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY) 
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September 20, 2013 
General view of the Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens church in Geste, western France, August 28, 2013. The 19th-century... 
GESTE, France 
General view of the Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens church in Geste 
General view of the Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens church in Geste, western France, August 28, 2013. The 19th-century neo-gothic parish church, dedicated to St. Peter, was scheduled for demolition in 2007 by the city council, a victim of its size, maintenance costs and overall municipal budget issues. The current church, with only the bell tower and crypt remaining, will be replaced by a new one in 2016 that will be far cheaper to maintain. This destruction is part of a large debate across France where villages are faced with churches in deteriorating condition, diminishing populations, with fewer parishioners and priests, and increasing upkeep costs. Picture taken August 28, 2013. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe (FRANCE - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY) 
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September 20, 2013 
A general view shows the Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens church partially torn down in the village of Geste, western... 
GESTE, France 
A general view shows the Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens church partially torn down in the village of Geste, western... 
A general view shows the Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens church partially torn down in the village of Geste, western France, September 10, 2013. The 19th-century neo-gothic parish church, dedicated to St. Peter, was scheduled for demolition in 2007 by the city council, a victim of its size, maintenance costs and overall municipal budget issues. The current church, with only the bell tower and crypt remaining, will be replaced by a new one in 2016 that will be far cheaper to keep up. This destruction is part of a large debate across France where villages are faced with churches in deteriorating condition, diminishing populations, with fewer parishioners and priests, and increasing upkeep costs. Picture taken September 10, 2013. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe (FRANCE - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY) 
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September 20, 2013 
A combination photo shows the Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens church before (L) and during its deconstruction... 
GESTE, France 
A combination photo shows the Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens church before and during its deconstruction in the... 
A combination photo shows the Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens church before (L) and during its deconstruction in the village of Geste, western France, September 10, 2013. The 19th-century neo-gothic parish church, dedicated to St. Peter, was scheduled for demolition in 2007 by the city council, a victim of its size, maintenance costs and overall municipal budget issues. The current church, with only the bell tower and crypt remaining, will be replaced by a new one in 2016 that will be far cheaper to keep up. This destruction is part of a large debate across France where villages are faced with churches in deteriorating condition, diminishing populations, with fewer parishioners and priests, and increasing upkeep costs. Picture taken August 28, 2013 (L) and September 10, 2013. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe (FRANCE - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) 
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