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Romanian court orders demolition of skyscraper overshadowing cathedral

February 04, 2013

A Romanian court has ordered the demolition of a 19-story building that loomed over the Catholic cathedral in Bucharest.

Archbishop Ioan Robu had led protests against the construction of the high-rise office building, which stood just 20 feet from the cathedral, saying that the skyscraper endangered the stability of the church as well as detracting from the beauty of its façade.

After a 7-year legal battle, the court ruled that the office building was constructed without proper authorization, and ordered its demolition.


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  • Posted by: garedawg - Feb. 04, 2013 8:32 PM ET USA

    So how do you safely demolish a skyscraper that is only 20 feet from a church?