Built in 1945, Florida's Church by the Sea may
be no spring chicken, but the Spanish-style building where the congregation
meets sure looks like one.
With two porthole windows
that look like eyes set just above four small red tile awnings that look like a
beak, two wings and a tail, the architecture of the nondenominational church in
the city of Madeira Beach uncannily resembles a cartoon chicken. The silly
sight has taken flight as tourists from around the US have been stopping by the
church for a chance to capture the odd image on camera.
The church tower, which was
added to the main building in 1947, was originally topped with a 25ft mast and
a beacon that guided Gulf of Mexico sailors back to shore. At the time, the
building was the tallest in the area and the light stayed lit until all the
fishermen out at sea that day came safely back to port. The mast has since been
replaced with an illuminated cross that sits atop the chicken’s head.
While church officials
insist that the building's feathery features are coincidental, the church still
welcomes visitors to its Sunday services if tourists decide that snapping shots
is for the birds.