Sunday 11 December 2016

Giant glass shoe-shaped church to open in Taiwan next month

Published 19/01/2016 | 08:11

People take pictures in front of a shoe-shaped church in Chiayi, southern Taiwan. Reuters/Pichi Chuang
People take pictures in front of a shoe-shaped church in Chiayi, southern Taiwan. Reuters/Pichi Chuang
A construction worker walks in a shoe-shaped church in Chiayi, southern Taiwan. Reuters/Pichi Chuang
A shoe-shaped church is seen in Chiayi, southern Taiwan. Reuters/Pichi Chuang
The church, which is about 17 metres tall and 11 metres wide, took three months to build. Reuters/Pichi Chuang

A shoe-shaped church is expected to open next month in Taiwan.

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The church, which is about 17-metres tall and 11-metres wide, took three months to build.

The glitzy modern sculpture, made from blue glass and steel, cost around €630,000.

The church is expected to open before the Lunar New Year, according to a Chiayi county government official.

The shoe will not be used as a place of worship but its creators hope it will attract young couples who wish to use it as a backdrop for their wedding photos.

The church is the latest bid from authorities to boost tourism to the area.

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