Indonesia’s Abandoned “Chicken Church!” Amazing Obscure Travel Thanks To “Atlas Obscura” Website!

Welcome To The Chicken Church!

I love the world. And I love websites that take me on amazing adventures to unique places I would otherwise never see….and yes, a chicken church is one!

I want to share a story from “Atlas Obscura” about this incredible abandoned church that looks like a chicken!

Here’s the setup from “Atlas Obscura”:

“The idea for the Chicken Church, also known as Gereja Ayam, first came to Daniel Alamsjah in 1988, when he had a vision following his evening prayers. In the vision, he saw a snow-white dove resting atop a hill, and a disembodied voice instructed him to build a house of worship for all people.

Alamsjah didn’t pay much attention to the dream, until he went on a work-related trip to the Javanese city of Magelang. There, he visited Bukit Rhema (Rhema Hill) to watch the sunrise. When he saw Bukit Rhema, he believed it was the hill from his vision and started making plans to turn his dream into a reality. He bought the land for Rp. 3,500,000 (or about $2,000 at the time) two weeks later.”

Atlas Obscura goes on to add:

Construction began in 1992, but halted in 2000 due to a lack of funds. The structure was abandoned for nearly 15 years. Rumors of cults, ghosts, and demons spread. Graffiti and natural overgrowth began to take over the building.

But in 2015, the existence of Gereja Ayam spread across the internet, transforming it into a popular tourist attraction. In the video above, Atlas Obscura delves into the full story behind the Chicken Church. For more about Daniel Alamsjah and his journey to build this bird-shaped behemoth, read our recent feature by Theodora Sarah Abigail.

Here is the video they posted of this incredible place:

Bravo to Atlas Obscura for their incredible website, book, social media and more.

Check out their YouTube channel here to see more great videos – and buy their book and follow them on social media as well:

https://www.youtube.com/user/atlasobscura?sub_confirmation=1

As I said I love how social media allows me to see the world, whether it’s Russia’s “glass beach”:

Yes, a beach that naturally is an accumulation of glass! See it here:


https://johnrieber.com/2018/08/22/monster-spiders-glass-beaches-the-top-of-the-world-check-out-these-wild-eastern-european-central-asian-adventures/

Or what about the “golden hands” bridge in Vietnam!

Yes, this is real, and I want to walk across these hands! See it here:


https://johnrieber.com/2018/08/08/vietnams-golden-hands-bridge-an-amazing-walkway-held-up-by-well-golden-hands/

Again, thanks to the incredible website Atlas Obscura here:

http://atlasobscura.com

Let me know if you want to go to the Chicken Church with me!



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  1. I’m definitely up for the chicken church. More buildings should be built in the shapes of animals or objects. It makes everyday places fun. 🙂 Like these!
    https://qz.com/quartzy/1176205/basket-shaped-building-in-ohio-is-sold/

    Best wishes, Pete.

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