German village moves church by truck to next town

HEUERSDORF, Germany - The people of Heuersdorf have lost their village but saved their church.

The 300 residents must move to allow miners to get at the coal beneath their houses in eastern Germany, a court has ruled, and neighbouring Borna has agreed to provide sanctuary to their 700-year-old church.

On Thursday, a truck with its 1,000-tonne load trundled along on the second day of a week-long, 12-km (7 1/2 mile) trek to its new home.

Complete with bells and altar, the church will cost mining firm Mibrag more than 3 million euros ($4 million) to move.