The renowned female icon, has reportedly purchased a New Orleans church – dating back over a century. The 7,500 square foot property, located near the star’s sister [Solange] home was valued in the market at $850,000 (£633,000).
According to its listing, the property boasts a plethora of benefits. It affords many possibilities for redevelopment whether it be for commercial or traditional housing purposes. We’ve been told that the church has not been used for some time and it remains unclear whether Beyoncé will convert it into a residential property. Worshipped and glorified by many it makes perfect sense that Beyoncé would take ownership of a place of God.
It’s not the first time a celebrity has purchased a religious site, TMZ reported that Katy Perry, another popular female artist owns an 8-acre convent. It’s unknown what motivates these unconventional acquisitions, however in Beyoncé’s case it’s said a San Francisco church held a Mass devoted to the music and accomplishments of “Queen Bey.”
“In this year where there’s been so much conversation and controversy about the role of women and communities of color, we felt a need to lift up the voices that the church has traditionally suppressed,” Rev. Jude Harmon, The Vine’s founding pastor, told The San Francisco Gate in April. “The beauty of Beyoncé’s music is she explores those themes in an idiom that is accessible to everyone.”
Some scrutinised the church for conducting a marketing ploy “…a cheap way of trying to get people in the church,” Harmon added. “But Jesus used very provocative images in the stories he told, in efforts to incite people to truly question their own religious assumptions. [Jesus] regularly provoked. We’re following in the way of Jesus.”