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Chicken Church: Florida's Church By The Sea Gives World The Bird, Attracts Hundreds

Chicken Church

The Huffington Post     First Posted: 03/04/13 EST Updated: 03/04/13 EST

A congregation in Florida is crying fowl after pictures of its chapel made the Internet rounds this week for an unholy reason: the building looks like a chicken.

The "Chicken Church" -- also known as Church by the Sea in Madeira Beach and not to be confused with Church's Chicken -- went viral when a photographer noticed that, from just the right angle, the structure's round windows look like eyes and its roofing tiles resemble wings and a beak. Tourists, reportedly by the hundreds, now line up to take pictures of the visage.

GALLERY (Story continues below):

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  • The roof of Church By The Sea in Madeira Beach, Fla is seen on Monday, Mar 4, 2013. The church has become an internet sensation as people say the church resembles a chicken.

  • The roof of Church By The Sea in Madeira Beach, Fla is seen on Monday, Mar 4, 2013. The church has become an internet sensation as people say the church resembles a chicken.

  • Church By The Sea in Madeira Beach, Fla is seen on Monday, Mar. 4, 2013. The church has become an internet sensation as people say the church resembles a chicken.

  • Thanks to its round windows and perfectly placed roof sections, the roof at Church By The Sea in Madeira Beach, Fla. resembles a chicken from all angles. Here is the view of the north side of the building.

  • Church By The Sea in Madeira Beach, Fla. is seen on Monday, Mar. 4, 2013.

  • The sign for Church By The Sea in Madeira Beach, Fla advertises church services on Monday, Mar. 4, 2013.

  • A view of Church By The Sea, AKA "Chicken Church" from the North side in Madeira Beach, Fla. on Monday, Mar. 4, 2013.

  • A view of Church By The Sea, AKA "Chicken Church" from the North side in Madeira Beach, Fla. on Monday, Mar. 4, 2013.

  • The roof of Church By The Sea in Madeira Beach, Fla is seen on Monday, Mar 4, 2013. The church has become an internet sensation as people say the church resembles a chicken.

  • The roof of Church By The Sea in Madeira Beach, Fla is seen on Monday, Mar 4, 2013. The church has become an internet sensation as people say the church resembles a chicken.

Dee Dee Parker, a longtime member of the church, told the Daily Mail that the Holy Cluck is "funny" and she welcomes the newfound popularity. But church employees interviewed by The Huffington Post disagree.

"We're not fond of it being called the 'Chicken Church,'" an employee, who asked not to be named, told HuffPost Weird News. "It's attracting people to us for all the wrong reasons. I don't think they're attracted to come in and worship, I think they're making fun of it."

She said that chapel, built in 1944, was not designed to look like a clucker.

HuffPost Weird News also called the chicken experts nearby -- employees at Hooters -- and a manager there refused to comment.

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