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A Strange Thing Happened To Me On The Way Home

20
October
2008
  Posted at 04:23:42 PM
  File under  Personal Entertainment
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France

Coming back to my village, Vinnemerville Click for map in Upper Normandy (a very small village of some 200 inhabitants), the main road was blocked. Not even my motorcycle could get through.

So, after some further investigation, I noticed this enormous crane being put into position. The reason? See below:

Vinnemerville Church steeple removal

They were planning to remove the several centuries old church steeple and replace it with a brand new one.

Workers had spent weeks preparing the removal. The crane in place, they moved the chains to the steeple:

Vinnemerville Church steeple removal

The workers fixed the crane's chains to fixed points in the steeple.

After 2 hours, the moment finally came, and the crane lifted the steeple off the church tower.

Vinnemerville Church steeple removal

The removal but was done in less than 1 minute. I would have hoped that they would have lifted it higher, so my angle is not as good as it should have been.

Vinnemerville Church steeple removal

The old steeple was placed on a flat-bed truck and carted out of the village.

Vinnemerville Church steeple removal

Now, until tomorrow, the church is without a steeple, a strange and rare sight. Tomorrow the new steeple arrives, but don't worry, I will not bore you with that.

I just thought this was kind-of neat, since it's not everyday that you see it. Nothing to do with motorcycles....





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