We all need a retreat into nature and spirituality every now and then. Some of us might enjoy a bit of hiking, meditation, or the odd road trip to the rural side of town for some time away from the noise of the city. There are quite a few other hobbies and activities that bring us closer to the natural world like:
- Bird watching,
- Nature photography.
A man from New Zealand took his love of nature and God to the next level when he decided to spend 4 years building a church using only living trees. After traveling the world, Barry Cox was inspired by the architecture he saw to create his unique church.
He has made the building available to public events such as weddings and other private celebrations. Take a look at the inside of the church, its beautiful natural surroundings, and the story behind how it came to be:
Barry was inspired by European architecture when he first decided to build his church. He was also fascinated by the lush and grand religious ceremonies of Italy (his ancestry).
His interest in architecture built over many years while he traveled the world. He traveled through New Zealand, America and Europe, and studied the churches of all the places he visited.
Then, after some searching, he found the ideal soil for his project: 3 acres of land at the foot of Mount Pirongia, in the city of Ohaupo.
Barry knew that he wanted to use his love of trees to make a living. So, he funded his own company: Treelocations. It specialized in moving trees from one location to another using a specially designed machine called a tree-spade.
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