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Not in The Onion: Town Builds Shoe-Shaped Church to Attract Women

Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 01/12/16

What a perfect concept for people in the business of saving soles.

And, yes, it’s true: 

Church has taken on a new look in Taiwan, where a giant Cinderella-inspired glass slipper has been built as a house of worship, hoping to entice more women to church. The church, which was completed yesterday, is located next to the sea in Budai Town, on the east coast of Taiwan. It towers over the surrounding buildings at 55 feet tall and 36 feet wide. The architecture of the shoe-shaped-building, which is made out of 320 pieces of blue-tinted glass, has been designed to intentionally target female worshippers. Zheng Rongfeng, spokesperson for the Southwest Coast National Scenic Area, where the shoe stands, told the Daily Mail there will be one hundred supposedly female-orientated features in the church, including maple leaves, chairs for “lovers”, biscuits and cakes. The church, although apparently modern, draws on traditions within Taiwanese culture.

Read more. And check out the video below. Evidently, the intention is to make this an attractive venue for weddings.

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