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A Gorgeous Tree Church In New Zealand You’ve GOT To See

BY TEAM JST

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I walked out my back door one day and thought, ‘That space needs a church’ – and so it began.

Said Barry Cox, a man in New Zealand who spent 4 years building an incredible Tree Church. Why? Because he loves both! Trees and churches.

Waikato is situated in the upper North Island of New Zealand. It’s also home of Cox’s magnificent work – a tree church made out of five types of trees. He began construction in April 2011, the gorgeous 100-seat establishment has been open to the public since January, for weddings, various events and even casual picnics.

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The trees were shifted from different locations by a machine called “tree spade,” which can scoop the entire tree with its root ball intact, and be moved to another location.

Tree Church New Zealand exterior
Tree Church New Zealand

Tree Church New Zealand exterior

According to Stuff.co.nz, Cox explained:

I cleared the area in April 2011 and made the iron frame, drawing on all the research I had done over the years of studying churches. I wanted the roof and the walls to be distinctly different, to highlight the proportions, just like masonry churches.

The Tree Church also carries personal meaning to Cox, for example, the idea of the altar derives from Cox’s family church in Shannon, New Zealand and is made of marbles from the hometown of his ancestors in Lake Como, Italy.

Photos: treechurch.co.nz

map tree church new zealandSEE IT FOR YOURSELF!

Tree Church

119 W, Rd M, Ohaupo 3881, New Zealand (map, website)

 

What do you think of the Tree Church? Let us know in the comments.

 

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