“God’s igloo”: Germans build Catholic church made of ice

“God’s igloo”: Germans build Catholic church made of ice December 29, 2011

I shudder to think what baptisms would be like.


A church built entirely of ice and snow has opened in Bavaria — a century after villagers first built a snow church in an act of protest.

The church at Mitterfirmiansreut, near the Czech border, is more than 65 feet in length and boasts a tower. It’s made up of some 49,000 cubic feet of snow.

The structure was bathed in blue light as it opened Wednesday evening with a blessing from Dean Kajetan Steinbeisser.

But when the ancestors of today’s villagers built the first snow church in 1911, they weren’t thinking just of architectural achievement.

Steinbeisser says: “It was meant as an act of provocation — believers from the village got together and built a snow church because they didn’t have a church here.”

You can see more pictures of its construction here. And a video, which shows the structure being blessed, is below.

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5 responses to ““God’s igloo”: Germans build Catholic church made of ice”

  1. Reminds me of building snow cathedrals with my 12 year-old son here in northern Vermont. We would put candles in walls and we would pray in the perfect silent peace, and it was not cold at all. I would read stories to him too. Inside the structure is very cozy and warm, but you need to keep a good snow pack on the floor or it can get wet. I would pile a huge amount of snow with our large tractor and then spay the exterior with water from a pressure washer to form a hard semi-transparent shell, then dig out the interior usually leaving a pillar or two to support the roof. It’s a blast and your children will never forget the experience. I never did. The only trouble with kids is that they grow up and move out and leave dads no one to play with anymore.

  2. Well, if Superman can have his icy Fortress of Solitude, I guess the God-man can have his Ice Church….

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