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Antarctica’s Catholic Ice Chapel
The first Belgrano base was built in the 1950’s but had to be abandoned since the ice on which it was built wasn’t stable enough. Finding good places for permanent bases is hard since 98% of Antarctica is covere4d in ice.
However the Argentinian government found about a hectare of ice-free land close by and Belgrano II Base was opened in 1979. However in ice nearby people from the base dug out a system of tunnels and built the Catholic chapel.
While it is not as well known or as accessible as the popular and soon-to-be permanent Ice Hotel in northern Sweden, it continues to serve the needs of scientists working on the Belgrano II Base.