The Painted Churches In Texas…
My Foto Friends decided it was time for another exploring day trip!
We drove in a caravan to Schulenburg, Texas. We had heard SOO much about the historic “Painted Churches,” we had to see them for our selves.
There are more than 20 “Painted Churches” in Texas! Who knew?!
Our tour guide showed us four of them in the Schulenburg area. It was more than enough. Pretty mind blowing actually. You hardly could take it all in.
So the story goes, many Czech and German settlers came to Texas in the mid-1800s looking for economic opportunity and religious freedom.
Most of these men and women worked hard to establish themselves and to develop communities similar to their hometowns. A main component of what they wanted to recreate was a strong place to worship.
The painted churches were often the second or third church building these communities erected. The churches embody the aspirations of immigrant communities that had reached a certain maturity.
The churches became a symbol of success for these new Texans who had survived the transition from the homeland, acquired the much-sought-after land, built schools for their children, and finally, established beautiful churches to nurture their spirits and sustain their faith.
I found myself just sitting in the pews, gazing at the work of these amazing immigrants with their artwork.
Looking at the Gothic revival style construction and the Victorian features was just amazing.
After touring the first church, I walked outside and found this amazing cementary. I loved how the entrance, framed Jesus on the cross.
The churches represented both the Protestant and Catholic faith.
The robin blue color on the dome ceiling was my favorite, with the gold metallic stars.
Isn’t this cross precious out in front of this church?
Here you can see a couple of the Foto Friends, just trying to absorb the beauty.
Now for a great ending…I was ever so fortunate to be selected to ride in Sharon’s vehicle.
Why you might ask? Well, let me tell you! After we get into her SUV, she turns around and casually says, “Oh by the way, those seats recline and the foot rest comes up!”
“WHAT?????? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? I reply.”
“No, she says.”
So not only did I have the most delightful day visiting these magnificent churches, but let me tell you the ride home was heaven sent!
On a side note, THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART for all the heart warming wishes you sent to me and my family on the birth of Ahnalise Grace. She is SO precious and I feel very blessed.