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This is the very old church of the small village Donop in the northeast of the federal state North Rhine-Westphalia. It's situated in the middle of the village with it's about 600 inhabitants.
This building first was mentioned in 1246 but it is supposed that the church was built already in the 9th century. The church's organ was built in 1691 - and it's still functioning.
In 1988 the community of Donop resolved to make the village "stork-compatible" and they leased a big meadow in order to alter it into a marsh area. Additionally they promoted the preservation of ponds and tarns in and around the village and they created several opportunities for the construction of nests. Already in 1989 two pairs of storks found their way into the village. Since then each year several pairs of storks grow up their brood in Donop and also kingfishers and water ouzels came back to this beautiful village. On the chimney of the house you can see a stork's nest

In the workshop you can see a pictures of the new "heraldic animal" of Donop.

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Additional Photos by Frank Kaiser (Buin) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4253 W: 48 N: 10771] (42580)
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