Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Church shaped like a giant glass shoe to open in Taiwan

It might look like a giant version of Cinderella's glass slipper, but this is actually a new church, set to open in southern Taiwan next month. The building, which is made out of over 320 tinted glass panels, measures 55-feet tall and 36-feet wide. It has been created by government officials in Chiayi County, and has taken two months to build at a cost of $686,000, according to the BBC.

"The shoe was inspired by a local story. According to officials in the 1960s, a 24-year-old girl surnamed Wang from the impoverished region suffered from Blackfoot disease. Both of her legs had to be amputated, leading to the cancellation of her wedding. She remained unmarried and spent the rest of her life at a church.

"The high heel is intended to honour her memory."

The shiny blue structure will not be used as a place of worship but local tourism authorities hope it will attract couples who wish to use it for pre-wedding photo shoots and wedding ceremonies.

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