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 16-metre-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.
“We want to make it a blissful, romantic avenue,” said local administration recreation manager Pan Tsuei-ping.
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.
And traditionally a bride in Taiwan wears high-heels to tread on tiles and then throw away the shattered pieces before stepping into the bridegroom’s family, which signifies the end to past misfortunes and the beginning of a better life.