Pingtung Magistrate Pan Men-an (潘孟安) touted the beauty and unusual nature of a new Catholic church in the county’s Taiwu Township on his Facebook post on Saturday.
“This is such a gorgeous church. It is in an aboriginal community in Pingtung, so there is no need to take a flight to Europe to see beautiful churches,” Pan said when describing Our Lady of Fatima Parish Church, construction of which was completed in October.
Calling the church an incredible part of Pingtung, Pan also posted photos of the church showing the interior, including the altar.
The church, which Pan described as “European style,” also reflects indigenous aesthetics, which he said is unique to Pingtung.
It is the 12th church in Pingtung to be designed by Pastor Dominic Tu (杜勇雄), 55, a member of the indigenous Rukai tribe, Pan noted.
He added that the County Government commissioned a local artist, Chiang Jing-ye (江敬業), to write a book featuring Tu and his 12 churches, which was published in October with the aim of sharing the beauty of Pingtung with a wider audience.
There are many other little-known churches with interesting characteristics in Pingtung’s mountain villages, Pan noted.
For example, the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in the county’s Wutai Township, designed by Tu in 1984, is listed among the top 100 of the world’s churches of special interest.