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German church goes up for sale on eBay for €170,00002:11

German church goes up for sale on eBay for €170,000

Germany, Elstertrebnitz
January 15, 2018 at 13:47 GMT -00:00 · Published

Dr. Torsten Reiprich, Pastor for Pegau, commented on the unusual way in which a church in nearby Elstertrebnitz is being sold, on Monday.

The sale of the 950 year old St. Martin Church, in Elstertrebnitz, near Leipzig, caught the attention of German media when it showed up for sale on the online auction site 'eBay kleinanzeigen' in December.

Acknowledging that auctioning a church on eBay may be a unique way of selling formerly consecrated land, Reiprich went on to point out that it's no longer uncommon for churches to be resold and re-purposed. The pastor lamented, "the fact that churches are being sold isn't so rare, it's happening again and again."

While Reiprich explained that a fire had destroyed the church in the time of the DDR, it was subsequently bought and rennovated in the early 2000s. "Since that time the investor had put in a lot, in terms of money, time and work. We're extremely happy that he - so to say - maintained the building," he said.

The church is valued at €170,000 ($208,562) on the eBay kleinanzeigen website.

En Alemania han puesto a la venta en eBay una iglesia por 170,000 euros (208,562 dólares estadounidenses). Se trata de la iglesia de San Martín, de 950 años de antigüedad y localizada en Elstertrebnitz, cerca de Leipzig. La venta enseguida llamó la atención de los medios de comunicación alemanes, cuando apareció el anuncio el pasado diciembre.

El Dr. Torsten Reiprich, pastor de Pegau, reconoció que la venta de la iglesia puede ser la única forma de proteger el edificio. En el año 2,000 la compró el anterior dueño, que invirtió mucho dinero, tiempo y trabajo en su mantenimiento. Los residentes locales estaban muy contentos con el inversor, así que no tienen nada en contra de la venta de la iglesia. “Ya no es raro que las iglesias sean vendidas, esto ocurre regularmente”, añadió el pastor.

Reiprich contó que la iglesia se había destruida por un incendio en los tiempos de la RDA.

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Dr. Torsten Reiprich, Pastor for Pegau, commented on the unusual way in which a church in nearby Elstertrebnitz is being sold, on Monday.

The sale of the 950 year old St. Martin Church, in Elstertrebnitz, near Leipzig, caught the attention of German media when it showed up for sale on the online auction site 'eBay kleinanzeigen' in December.

Acknowledging that auctioning a church on eBay may be a unique way of selling formerly consecrated land, Reiprich went on to point out that it's no longer uncommon for churches to be resold and re-purposed. The pastor lamented, "the fact that churches are being sold isn't so rare, it's happening again and again."

While Reiprich explained that a fire had destroyed the church in the time of the DDR, it was subsequently bought and rennovated in the early 2000s. "Since that time the investor had put in a lot, in terms of money, time and work. We're extremely happy that he - so to say - maintained the building," he said.

The church is valued at €170,000 ($208,562) on the eBay kleinanzeigen website.

En Alemania han puesto a la venta en eBay una iglesia por 170,000 euros (208,562 dólares estadounidenses). Se trata de la iglesia de San Martín, de 950 años de antigüedad y localizada en Elstertrebnitz, cerca de Leipzig. La venta enseguida llamó la atención de los medios de comunicación alemanes, cuando apareció el anuncio el pasado diciembre.

El Dr. Torsten Reiprich, pastor de Pegau, reconoció que la venta de la iglesia puede ser la única forma de proteger el edificio. En el año 2,000 la compró el anterior dueño, que invirtió mucho dinero, tiempo y trabajo en su mantenimiento. Los residentes locales estaban muy contentos con el inversor, así que no tienen nada en contra de la venta de la iglesia. “Ya no es raro que las iglesias sean vendidas, esto ocurre regularmente”, añadió el pastor.

Reiprich contó que la iglesia se había destruida por un incendio en los tiempos de la RDA.

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