They say that God works in mysterious ways. Well, sometimes he speaks to us and asks us to build a church shaped like a giant chicken, as in the case of an Indonesian man called Daniel Alamsjah.
If you like to travel and if you are looking for a new place to visit this year, you should consider going to Indonesia to see this amazing large building located near Magelang. You can find it in the deep forests of Central Java, dominating the surroundings with its opened beak.
Daniel Alamsjah (age 67) claims that while working in Jakarta, he received a sudden divine message from God who told him to build a prayer room in the shape of a dove. Daniel related that because of his Christian faith, people believed he was building a church, but he said it is not a church, he was building a prayer house for the ones who believe in God.
Daniel Alamsjah received the message in 1989 , while he was visiting his wife’s family in Magelang. The landscape was looking very familiar, and then he realized he had seen it in his dreams. He said that he prayed in that place one night and had the revelation that he must build the prayer house in that exact spot. Knowing that he would never have enough money to finish such a project, he prayed even harder. Within six months, he received from the locals about 3,000 square meters of land on Rhema Hill for the price of 170$ ( 2 million rupiah), amount that he managed to pay in four years. So he began to build this dream project in 1994.
According to Daniel, for a while the building was used as a rehabilitation house for disturbed people, drug addicts and disabled children, although most of the interior rooms were incomplete. Therefore, the house had to shut its doors due to insufficient funds in 2000.
In spite of all this, people continue to visit the site and admire its beauty, and the serene location with all the mystery around it also makes a great place for unique weddings. This prayer house is huge, holding a sprawling main hall on the ground floor and a basement with at least 15 rooms that appear to have been used as bedrooms. According to visitors, the abandoned site was also used by young people as a sex place by night, away from scolding eyes. Nowadays, the place is open to visitors of all religions that travel there to use it in their own type of worship (Buddhists, Muslims, and Christians).