Reliving the Good Old Days in Most, Czech Republic
What do you get when a Communist government discovers coal underneath a city? A plethora of panelák (blocks of flats) and the Gothic Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary (kostel Nanebevzetí Panny Marie). A 15th-century design with 12th-century foundations, the church was designed by Jakub Heilmann at the same time Luther was nailing a historically-altering piece of paper to a door in nearby Germany. This Gothic church is the only relic which remains of the old town of Most (Czech for bridge), a mining town in North Bohemia. When the local leaders decided in the 60s to destroy the historical center of the city for the coal which was underneath, they were determined to prove their might and saved the church by moving it 841m to the outskirts of the city, where it stands today. It is now the only steeple in town and serves as a museum, concert and wedding hall, and a monument to what once was (according to locals) the most beautiful historic town outside of Prague. Pay 50Kč (less than $3) and you can walk through the refurbished sanctuary, watch the video (A Church on the Move), and climb the bell tower for a view of the nearby castle (Hněvín) and the old mining quarries.