Charging $5 to enter is really, really poor taste. I understand that the church needs funds for repairs and I heard the tour-guide complain how poorly the church is visited by the faithful. However, it's hard to feel sorry for a church decked in gold, with priests decked in gold, where the Church itself gets enormous tax breaks and indeed money from the state (and many other states the world over), from taxes we pay. If they had just kindly asked for a voluntary donation, I would have gladly paid the $5.
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