Huge replica planned for Sâo Paulo would be twice the height of the iconic statue of Jesus in Rio de Janeiro.
One of the world’s largest and most controversial Pentecostal churches has been given permission to build a USD 200m replica of Solomon’s Temple in Brazil’s economic capital, São Paulo.
The 10,000 capacity “mega-church”, which is the brainchild of Brazil’s Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, will also house a replica of the Ark of the Covenant and be built according to “biblical orientations”.
According to the Estado de São Paulo newspaper, planning permission was granted this week and church officials say it should be completed in four years.
The church supports so-called “prosperity theology” – by which acts of faith including donations are rewarded with material wealth.
In 2009, São Paulo’s public prosecutor accused 10 senior members of the church, including Macedo, of siphoning off billions of dollars of donations to buy cars and property. Macedo, who denied the charges, owns a $45m private jet.
Source: The Guardian
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