Technician in Most, a northern-Bohemian town in Czechoslovakia, are in the middle of a unique transportation operation.
GENERAL VIEW ZOOM INTO Church on tracks being moves.
SV side of church decorated with banners.
SV PAN FROM Church to cranes.
CU Moving operation continues (2 shots)
GV PAN Church to new site.
GV FROM Inside of Church.
SV INT. Roof of church.(3 shots)
CU PAN FROM Tracks to church.
LV Lorry tipping coal and LV open cut coal mine.(2 shots)
GV Crowds around new church site.
GV PAN FROM Traffic to church moving along tracks.
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Background: Technician in Most, a northern-Bohemian town in Czechoslovakia, are in the middle of a unique transportation operation. They are moving an entire church from its original site to a new one over half a mile away (880 metres) without having damaged a brick or a stained glass window....so far.
The church....a fine example of sixteenth century Gothic architectures...was in danger of being undermined.
The Most open-cut coal mine was encroaching towards it an miners followed the rich vein of coal.
The mine -- with reserves of one hundred million tons -- provides the country with much of its coal supplies.
Fifty-three special hydraulic tracks are being used in the operation which will take some six weeks to complete. The church moves about an inch (2. centimetres) per minute.
The Church -- Our Lady of the Sacred Heart -- was considered an unusual and extremely valuable monument and the operation was financed by the Czechoslovakian Government at huge cost.