TAIPEI (Web Desk) – Authorities in Taiwan are building a church in the form of a giant high-heeled shoe, seeking to attract more tourists to the area.

The under construction structure, made of metal and blue glass tiles, 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.

People take selfies in front of a shoe-shaped church in Chiayi, southern Taiwan, January 18, 2016. The church, which is about 17 meter (55 feet) tall and 11 meter (36 feet) wide, took three months and about $685,000 to build. It is expected to open in February 2016, before the Lunar New Year, according to the Chiayi county government official. REUTERS/Pichi Chuang EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE

“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.”