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Faith Chapel Christian Center

Image: Faith Chapel Christian Center — Located in Birmingham, Alabama, this Monolithic Dome mega church was built in 2000. It is a 280ft diameter dome with 61,575sf (1.414 acre).

Faith Chapel Christian Center — Located in Birmingham, Alabama, this Monolithic Dome mega church was built in 2000. It is a 280ft diameter dome with 61,575sf (1.414 acre).

Image: Largest — With its diameter of 280 feet, FCCC is the largest Monolithic Dome built to date. A Force-5 tornado did only minor cosmetic damage in 2011.

Largest — With its diameter of 280 feet, FCCC is the largest Monolithic Dome built to date. A Force-5 tornado did only minor cosmetic damage in 2011.

Image: A complex of 5 Monolithic Domes — Each dome houses a specific group or activity.

A complex of 5 Monolithic Domes — Each dome houses a specific group or activity.

Image: Architect’s Model — The 5 domes include a children’s play area, café, youth disco, gym and bowling alley.

Architect’s Model — The 5 domes include a children’s play area, café, youth disco, gym and bowling alley.

Image: Worship Center — After completing a $15 million, Monolithic Dome worship center in 2000, FCCC decided to add 6 more domes in phases.

Worship Center — After completing a $15 million, Monolithic Dome worship center in 2000, FCCC decided to add 6 more domes in phases.

Image: Sanctuary — It has a seating capacity for approximately 3,000.

Sanctuary — It has a seating capacity for approximately 3,000.

Image: Huge interior — This dome encloses 61,575 square feet. This chapel utilizes about 1/3 of this dome’s space.

Huge interior — This dome encloses 61,575 square feet. This chapel utilizes about 1/3 of this dome’s space.

Image: Surface area — Faith Chapel’s dome has a surface area of approximately two acres or 86,000 square feet. It has been covered with porcelain tile.

Surface area — Faith Chapel’s dome has a surface area of approximately two acres or 86,000 square feet. It has been covered with porcelain tile.

Image: Porcelain tile is being applied over the Airform.

Porcelain tile is being applied over the Airform.

Image: 23" by 23" porcelain tile being applied over exterior. The tile has a lifetime measured in centuries.

23" by 23" porcelain tile being applied over exterior. The tile has a lifetime measured in centuries.

Image: Inflating the Airform — A crew inflated the Airform and constructed the dome shell.

Inflating the Airform — A crew inflated the Airform and constructed the dome shell.

Image: Show here just after inflation, structure is completed from the inside.

Show here just after inflation, structure is completed from the inside.

Image: Plans — They included FCCC expansion.

Plans — They included FCCC expansion.

Image: This is a beautiful, Tuscan-style, Monolithic Dome Bowling Alley, with 24 lanes, available to church members and guests. Shown here is a small portion of this unique facility.

This is a beautiful, Tuscan-style, Monolithic Dome Bowling Alley, with 24 lanes, available to church members and guests. Shown here is a small portion of this unique facility.

Image: It’s hard to imagine the amount of fun children can have in this Monolithic Dome. It’s more than 15,000 square feet of vertical and horizontal play area. Faith Chapel church is designed for families, with seven-day-per-week activities.

It’s hard to imagine the amount of fun children can have in this Monolithic Dome. It’s more than 15,000 square feet of vertical and horizontal play area. Faith Chapel church is designed for families, with seven-day-per-week activities.

Image: These are the six Monolithic Domes, 140’ and 160’ diameters, that comprise “The Bridge” of the Faith Chapel Christian Center. The domes attractively accommodate a bowling alley, children’s activity center, a café, double basketball court stadium and much more. All of the domes are covered with porcelain tile.

These are the six Monolithic Domes, 140’ and 160’ diameters, that comprise “The Bridge” of the Faith Chapel Christian Center. The domes attractively accommodate a bowling alley, children’s activity center, a café, double basketball court stadium and much more. All of the domes are covered with porcelain tile.

Image: At its center, the central dome has a spectacular glass climbing wall that reaches to the top and above. Visitors can climb the wall or a circular stairway and view the city.

At its center, the central dome has a spectacular glass climbing wall that reaches to the top and above. Visitors can climb the wall or a circular stairway and view the city.