Beyonce Knowles and her husband Jay-Z are super rich and super into spending their millions on just about anything you could think of. Beyonce decided that she wanted a church, so Beyonce bought a church. No one knows why exactly Beyonce wanted a church.
Expensive gifts and Beyonce Knowles are no strangers to each other. Every so often Beyonce or her husband Jay-Z will be in the news for buying some or other ridiculously expensive gift for each other.
From cars worth more than R38 million to private islands, this couple doesn't hold back when it comes to splurging on whatever catches their fancy.
Beyonce's latest purchase is a little different, though. She has invested in a 7 500 square foot church in New Orleans.
It is reported that the church is more than one hundred years old and it's worth stands at about R10 million.
It is not known what exactly Beyonce plans to do with her newly purchased house of worship, but she does already own a home nearby.
As of yet, Beyonce and her people hasn't been available for comment on the purchase.
The church is in dire need of restoration and according to the broker who showed the church to any prospective buyers, restoring the church to its full glory could cost much more than the price it was sold for.
It’s a huge project. The ground floor is below grade. There were issues with water intrusion. That’s something that would have to be addressed. And each of those windows — they’re huge. This is going to be a specialised renovation for sure.
The property consists of a 2 000 square foot chapel with amazing 18-foot high ceilings and has re-purposed step-down baptismal tub that can be accessed from the stage.
The church also has a lovely bell tower that can be reached through a portal in the ceiling, but no-one knows if there actually is a bell in the tower. No-one has been up the tower before.
A few weeks ago Beyonce was linked to another religious matter. A church in San Francisco held a Mass devoted to and named after the singer.
The Beyonce Mass was quite popular and attracted many worshippers. An announcement was made on the internet to invite fellow worshippers:
Come to The Vine SF to sing your Beyonce favourites and discover how her art opens a window into the lives of the marginalised and forgotten, particularly black women. The Rev. Yolanda Norton, assistant professor of Old Testament at San Francisco Theological Seminary who created the ‘Beyonce and the Hebrew Bible’ class at SFTS, will be preaching.
The Mass has been considered controversial and has been taken with vastly different views. A spokesperson for the Mass has made a statement to address the reactions:
I know there are people who will say using Beyonce is just a cheap way of trying to get people in the church. But Jesus used very provocative images in the stories he would tell to incite people to ask hard questions about their own religious assumptions. He regularly provoked. We’re following in the way of Jesus.
Whether Beyonce agrees with the appraoch is not known. In all likelihood the superstar might not even care much if people use her music and image in religious ways. She's too busy spending her millions anyway.
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