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Some of the world’s most unusual church buildings


A recent article in the Daily Mail features some of the more unusual church buildings in the world. The churches are from a book entitled Amazing Churches of the World written by Michael Kerrigan.

In its article, the Daily Mail provides several photos of the word’s most unusual churches from Kerrigan’s book: READ: Ornate basilicas, cave chapels and even a glass HIGH-HEELED SHOE for weddings: Incredible images of the world’s most jaw-dropping churches, from Hawaii to Taiwan via England

In his book, Kerrigan discuses a raft church in Cambodia, Hallgrímskirkja in Reykjavík, Iceland reminiscent of Helms Deep in Lord of the Rings and Oakland’s Christ the Light chapel and its amazing display of natural lighting via windows. It also includes the Glass-high-heeled church in Taiwan. That serves basically as a wedding chapel.

Glass high-heeled church in Budai Township, Chiayi County, Taiwan Credit: Accord14/Wikipedia/CC 4.0

I have discussed a couple of the churches that Kerrigan cites in previous articles including the abandoned Chicken Church in Indonesia that was inspired by vision given Daniel Alamsjah, while working in Jakarta, Indonesia.

And the giant Cave Church built into Mokattam mountain, southeast of Cairo, Egypt. The church holds about 20,000 people, when you include outside seating and 70,000 people meet in the church on a weekly basis through multiple services in this largely Muslim country.

Inside Egypt's cave church where 70,000 meet in services on a weekly basis. The church can seat 20,000 inside and thousands more outside. Photo: vagabondblogger/Flickr/Creative Commons
Inside Egypt’s cave church where 70,000 meet in services on a weekly basis. The church can seat 20,000 inside and thousands more outside. Photo: vagabondblogger/Flickr/Creative Commons

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