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Televangelist Morris Cerullo plans to open Christian theme park
The international televangelist Morris Cerullo has announced plans to build a Christian-based theme park in America costing £125m.
Morris Cerullo, 84, has ministered since the 1960s on television and in person across the world.
According to the San Diego Union Tribune, Mr Cerullo's hoping to build the proposed theme park, called the Legacy International Center, in the grounds of a hotel and supermarket he bought in the Californian city.
The Legacy International Center is projected to have:
- Catacombs (underground passages) harking back to Ancient Rome;
- A replica of Jerusalem's Wailing Wall - the most holy site for the religion;
- A Biblical museum with Jewish and Christian artefacts;
- A 330-person theatre with seats that can move as part of the film and sensory effects like wind, snow and fog;
- A market square representing cultures from around the world
The Center's also set to have a spa and fitness centre, time-share apartments and holiday suites, work offices, an education centre and also act as the new headquarters of his ministry, Morris Cerullo World Evangelism.
It's hoped these will generate $86m a year - enough to offset any losses in the initial years of running the park itself.
Morris Cerullo World Evangelism is to start a funding drive in order to pay for the building of the theme park in the hope they won't have to take out a loan.
Mr Cerullo has been part of legal and ministerial disputes during his career.
The Evangelical Alliance kicked him out after the Advertising Standards Authority upheld four complaints against regarding his claims to have healed disabled people.
He was also sued by former business partners, after he invested in a resort in South Carolina which went bust.
San Diego Council is yet to give planning permission to Morris Cerullo World Evangelism to build the Legacy International Center but, if it's approved, it's set to be built by early 2018.