TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - Crews removed a statue, bells and more from one of north Toledo's most historic churches.
St Hedwig Catholic Church on Lagrange Street has been closed for the past few years.
The statue of St. Hedwig on top of the church finally came down Friday. Crews transported the statue to St. Adalbert Church just a few blocks away for a memorial.
The bells went to Regina Coeli Parish in west Toledo.
"To me it's a sense of closure. And it's important for me to see what was built by the people that were here before me," said Dan Barczak, who was baptized at the historic church.
The Toledo Catholic Diocese is also removing all sacred items from the church which includes alters and religious statues.
The sacred items are being shipped to a Cleveland Company that sells religious artifacts to other Catholic Churches.
However, churches in the Toledo Diocese get the pick of the artifacts before they go to Cleveland and are up for sale.
The building itself is set to go up for auction. The city says they have no plans to demolish the building.