All I got to say is, wow!, this guy had a lot of time on his hands. And who hasn’t in their life, dreamed of building a secret underground temple, a giant golden llama or even a monument to Shirley Bassey made completely out of Nobby’s Nuts?. You can make up a lot of weird things people can do but this one man did something unique.
For Daniel Alamsjah, a devout Christian living in Java, Indonesia, his call had come one night in 1988 in the form of a divine vision. Just before him, Alamsjah had seen a building shaped like a giant dove, residing on a hill top. It would be a disembodied voice affirmed, a place that would be of worship for all faiths, and Alamsjah was just the man to build such a place.
Then some time afterwards, walking in the Magelang jungle, Alamsjah had recognized Bukit Rhema as the hill from his vision. Within a whole week, ha had bought an acre of land on top and had started with the necessary steps for seeking permission to build.
The paper trails were very immense, and resistance was strong, though perseverance and zeal won the day. For almost 10 years, Alamsjah worked full time as a project manager and spent every weekend overseeing the construction of his bird shaped prayer house.
When the structure was actually complete, the giant crowned dove sat on top of it’s bill, tail cocked, beak open as if it was in a state of permanent suprise at it’s own existence.
The vision Alamsjah had may had been of a dove, though the resemblance to an altogether different bird earned it’s better known moniker, Gereka Ayam, the “Chicken Church”. Though, by now, Alamsjah was broke and had to surrender his creation to the jungle. It then fell into decay and he went into despair.
Over the next 15 years though, visitors to Borobudur, the globe’s biggest Buddhist temple nearby, started to hear about different architectural wonder just a few miles away. The curious sought out the abandoned, and this graffitied Chicken Church came to light, with people unable to believe their eyes of what they were seeing.
As stories and even more images had circulated on the internet, visitor numbers started to grow exponentially. Alamsjah then returned and started charging a nominal entrance fee. Alamsjah then continued to build on the chicken. This is where decay, had, paradoxically, ignited a rebirth of the chicken church.
These days the Chicken Church many floors are decorated with jewelled tiles, ceilings are even painted with clouds, and some walls are filled with scenes from Indonesian mythology. The twelve prayer rooms have been created in it’s catacombs. Anyone who is there early in the morning can see the sunrise from it’s crown, and this place even has a cafe, in the birds posterior. The eggs come highly recommended as well.
via The Guardian