18th century time capsule found in Polish church spire

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A coin from the capsule, and a document with the date 1797

A coin from the capsule, and a document with the date 1797

WHAT is believed to be the oldest time capsule in Europe has been discovered in the spire of an 18th-century church in Poland.

Dating from 1797, the capsule was uncovered by workers as they dismantled the seven-metre spire of a former Evangelical church in Ziebice, in the south-west of the country. A small globe that had topped the spire contained a sealed copper canister and a collection of books and papers. Bullet holes in the globe are thought to date from the Red Army’s advance in 1945.

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