you've lived in Texas for any length of time you've
heard of the Painted Churches of Fayette
County. They have appeared in magazines, on television programs, and
in newspaper features around the state and beyond. |
The term "Painted"
comes from the elaborate faux-finished interiors - painted by itinerant artists
who advertised in church bulletins and newspapers. Several were resident artists
in San Antonio. Gold-leafed, stone
and polished marble columns and ceilings are (upon closer examination) actually
finely-fitted woodwork. The paint - mixed on site - is still vibrant and bright
- even after all these years.
Click on the photos/links below for the painted churches.
The elaborate faux marble columns and ceilings make this church one of the
ones not to miss. The grayish blue stone capping the buttresses and accenting
the brick was quarried from the nearby town of Muldoon. More
| || (1919)|
The Catholic church and a school opened in 1890. Destroyed by the hurricane of
1909, the church was rebuilt. It burned shortly thereafter and had to be rebuilt
a second time. More
| || (1912)|
Simple stenciling and framed Stations of the Cross at the Dubina Church. More
| The Dubina
Catholic Church is just west of Weimar off old Hwy 90. |
Other than Sunday,
the church can be viewed from the entry only. It can be opened for groups.
Just north of the church is the old Dubina grocery. Following the road around
the corner will take you over "The
Piano Bridge" - one of the few remaining iron bridges in Fayette County.
Continuing west, you will eventually reach Highway 77.
Just south of the railroad tracks that run parallel to highway 90.
Praha is listed in Lindsay Baker's Ghost Towns of Texas. Prior to the coming
of the Czechs, Praha was called Mulberry by the Anglo settlers. Praha has a huge
gathering every year when thousands descend on the church grounds for a veteran's
Painted Churches in Texas
The Schulenburg Chamber of Commerce has detailed directions for the painted churches.
Brochures are available outside the chamber office for weekend visitors. 618 N.
Main, Schulenburg, Texas. 979-743-4514
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