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BALEA LAC, Romania – High on a remote mountain in Romania, priests have blessed a church made entirely from ice, outstanding both for its architectural style as well as being a place for religious tolerance.
Builders have once again created the Ice Church, which is only reachable by cable car at an altitude of 2,000 meters (6,600 feet). Water from Balea Lake, 300 kilometers (190 miles) northwest of Bucharest, is blessed by priests. Chunks of ice are then cut with a chain saw and cemented together with water and snow.
The structure — 6 meters (20 feet) tall, 14 meters (46 feet) long and 7 meters (23 feet) wide — is a copy of an old church in Transylvania. Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant clerics held a service there this week.