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This Abandoned Building Is Shaped Like A Squawking Chicken, But That's Not The Most Bizarre Part

Deep within the heart of the forests of Indonesia is something you would never expect to find — a giant chicken. This massive chicken is actually a building that was created by 67-year-old Daniel Alamsjah. As the story goes, Daniel Alamsjah constructed the building after he received a message from God. Heeding the call, he decided to build a church in the middle of the dense Indonesian forest of Magelang in Central Java. He originally designed it to look like a dove after the biblical symbol for hope and peace. Unfortunately, the end result of his endeavor more closely resembled a chicken in mid-squawk.

Just looking at it from above, it isn't hard to see where Daniel's great ambition went awry.


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Locals nicknamed it "Gereja Ayam," the "Chicken Church." The congregation used it as a functional church, rehabilitation center and therapy program for disabled children. 


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The Chicken Church was popular in the community, but in 2000 – ten years after breaking ground on his church – Alamsjah was forced to cut construction on the Chicken due to rising costs. 


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Now vacant for 15 years, the Chicken is starting to crumble. Vandals have covered the walls in graffiti, and weather, wind and time have begun to take their toll.


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Although the building is sometimes still used for church services, the enormous vacant chicken is a popular destination for travelers.


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An Indonesian travel blogger, Putri Normalita, explored what remains of the structure and shared her experience online.


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She said in a conversation with Daily Mail, "There is very little history about the building, still a lot of tourists want to visit it and even have their weddings there. Perhaps it's precisely because of the mystery that lots of people want to come see it first hand."


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Many of the building's details, like the ornate metalwork on the tail feathers, has either crumbled or simply was never completed.


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Many of the central structural pillars are showing damage, and the Chicken Church may soon require serious renovation to stay open safely.


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Chech out this video below to see more of the Chicken Church:


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Via: Alek Kurniawan

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