Quebec City church belfry unstable; Masses moved, school yard closed

Engineers are assessing the belfry of a church in Quebec City's Old Town district, after the structure shifted this week, threatening to come down.

Streets next to the Saint-Sauveur church have been shut down and an adjacent school yard has been closed as a precaution.

Parish officials tell Radio Canada that there were plans to carry out renovation work next year, but the lead architect discovered this week that the 37 metre high bell tower and it's four bells, including one weighing two and-a-half tons, had moved.

The church has been closed and masses have been moved to the sacristy while the situation is assessed.