Giant church in shape of shoe to open in Taiwan

Giant Church in Shape of Shoe to Open in Taiwan

CHIAYI COUNTY, Taiwan - Budai, a township in southwest Taiwan, is building a church in the form of a giant high-heeled shoe, made of metal and blue glass tiles, seeking to attract more tourists to the area.

Still under construction, the structure is some 17 meters (55.77 ft) tall at the highest point, the heel.

Talia Pan, Recreation Section Manager of the Southwest Coast National Scenic Area Administration which is running the project, said she wanted to turn a sad part of history into something positive.

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TOPSHOT - Tourists take pictures in front of a shoe-shaped church in southern Chiayi on January 11, 2016. The church, which measures 55 feet tall and 36 feet wide, took two months to build. Members of the public will be able to visit the exterior of the church before it is officially opened on February 8, 2018, before the lunar new year. AFP PHOTO / AFP / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

"Because of (a) drinking water shortage in the southwestern coastal area in the 1960s, (residents) had to drill deep wells to get drinking water. Because of arsenic in the water, there were cases of Blackfoot disease ... (which if) severe, the only option to save a life is to amputate both legs," she said.

"Because of this, a lot of women lost the opportunity to walk into marriage, walk into a new life chapter on high-heeled shoes ... Because of that history, we hope to create a place in Chiayi County, where people can get married, invoking the fairy tale of Cinderella."

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