S: The Painted Churches of Texas
FC: The Painted Churches A Fairies' Tale
1: On the Road... | Breakfast at Maxine's - Bastrop | Clever Advertising!
2: St. John the Baptist Catholic Church first opened in 1890. Destroyed by the hurricane of 1909, the church was rebuilt. It burned in1917 and had to be rebuilt a second time in 1919. | First Stop - Ammannsville
3: Known as the "Pink" Church
5: Saints Peter and Paul | The Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart | Czech for "Love" | A couple of saints
6: The cemetery next door | On to Dubina...
7: Dubina's first church was built in 1876, but was destroyed by a 1909 hurricane. Rebuilt in 1912, it survived a fire that all but destroyed the town. | Dubina is Czech for "oak grove"
8: View from the choir loft | The Bell Tower | The stars are are a relatively recent addition
9: The image of the Lamb lying down represents the suffering of Jesus. The staff is cross shaped, reminding us of the cross Jesus died on that brings us salvation. The flag with the red cross symbolizes resurrection -- The Lamb of God conquers sin and death to save the world.
12: The Piano Bridge | Popular with Bridal Photos | Our Beautiful Brides | Don't ask, Don't tell... | Some say it is named for the musical sounds it makes as you cross it; Technically, it's a "piano-wire truss" bridge.
13: On the Road again... | to High Hill
14: The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church | A unique saloon door entrance
15: Built in 1906; painting was completed in 1912. The murals were painted on canvas, then glued to the wooden walls.
16: This corner contains a piece of the original painting.
17: Lots and lots of Stained Glass
19: Our Lady of Sorrows
20: Pit Stop! (High Hill Pavilion) | And back in the saddle...
21: St. Mary's Church of the Assumption
22: A shrine to Praha's WWII veterans
23: Built in 1895, it's one of the oldest, most elaborately painted of the Churches | Detail of the front of the altar
24: Note the "columns" painted on the walls
26: When there is no food, the mother pelican will rip off her own flesh to feed her young. The Christian analogy is obvious.
28: A brief stop by another type of shrine... | Free beer! | ...then on to an early dinner before Mass. | The restaurant side was originally a pharmacy | The bar side was always a bar | The William Green Building
29: And last but not least, Mass in Shiner | Built in 1921 in Romanesque Revival style, which was popular at the time
30: 1954 restorations had the interior re-painted. The artist, Edmond Fatjo, was trained in Berlin and specialized in painting church interiors.
31: Because the sun had set after Mass, and there was Rosary beforehand, we got too few pictures of this church. I guess we'll just have to do it again!!