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Taiwan builds church shaped like glass slipper

The design of the Taiwanese church is inspired by a local folk tale, and is reminiscent of the footwear donned by fictional heroine, Cinderella

The glass slipper-shaped structure is situated in Taiwan's Southwest Coast National Scenic Area.
The glass slipper-shaped structure is situated in Taiwan's Southwest Coast National Scenic Area.

A church, shaped like a giant version of fairy tale heroine Cinderella's glass slipper, has been built in Taiwan.

Over 320 tinted glass panels were used to build the 16m tall high-heeled shoe, which was constructed by the local government of Taiwan's Southwest Coast National Scenic Area.

The church will not hold marriage ceremonies, but will be used as a venue and backdrop for couples' pre-wedding photographs – a popular tradition in the country.

Commenting on the intentions of the structure, local administration recreation manager Pan Tsuei-ping, said: “We want to make it a blissful, romantic avenue.”

According to the authority, there will be “100 female-oriented features in the church like maple leaves, chairs for lovers, biscuits, and cakes”.

The project is inspired by a local folk tale which claims that in the 1960s, a 24-year-old girl who suffered from Blackfoot disease had to have both of her legs amputated. This led to the cancellation of her wedding, she remained unmarried and spent the rest of her life at a church.

 

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