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In the beginning of the Cathedral scene in Batman (1989) we see the inside of the cathedral. It's a mess which suggests that it's not being used. Why was it displayed in such a mess?

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    Restoring century old buildings is expensive. Don't worry, Bruce wayne made a generous donation to help fix the damage from the Batman/Joker fight And then some after the credits rolled.
    – cde
    Commented Sep 3, 2016 at 17:41
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    Its a metaphor for the rotten heart of the city.
    – Criggie
    Commented Sep 3, 2016 at 23:44

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From the wiki:

The Gotham Cathedral is a monolithic cathedral that stands more than 800 feet from the ground. Once intended to be the spiritual center of the city, the Cathedral has since fallen into ruin as the city itself has fallen into corruption and decay.

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  • I've searched the web before asking but my google-fu has certainly worsened. Nice catch and thanks.
    – Montag451
    Commented Sep 3, 2016 at 16:28

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