Gothic church made entirely of ice opens—but it may not last long…

Looking like something out of a fairy tale, this stunning ice sculpture is located high in the snowy landscape of Slovakia’s Tatra Mountains. The church was formed from 90 tonnes of ice, which took 15 sculptors over three weeks to shape.

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Photo: Marek Hajkovsky

It features Gothic and Baroque statues, spires and windows modelled on the cathedrals of the nearby Spis region, including the Virgin Mary and an assortment of angels. The ice itself is protected under a special dome, which maintains the temperature at -7 degrees Celsius to stop it from melting.

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The church is located in the resort of Hrebienok, and is the second construction on the site, as last year’s melted away in the hot April sunshine. The new building…

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