EU may help protect Czech church heritage from thefts

| March 3, 2011

Prague,March 1 (CTK) – The Czech parish in Římov, south Bohemia, is to seek a subsidy from the European Union to protect its unique Stations of the Cross with Baroque statues from frequent thefts, daily Lidove noviny (LN) writes Tuesday.

Consequently, the Czech Republic might be the first European country to be in such a desperate situation that it must ask the EU for aid over the mass stealing of its church cultural heritage, the paper adds.

This is exactly the core of the project to save the Stations of the Cross in Římov.

Repeated thefts of the Baroque wooden statues in the little chapels along the six-kilometre path in Římov made the Bishopric in Ceske Budejovice, south Bohemia, to keep the remaining statues in a depository for safety reasons. The Stations of the Cross have been empty for the first time in almost 400 years, LN writes.

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