Would you believe High Hill is a small community in Texas? Nativity of Mary, Blessed Virgin Catholic Church is one of the beautiful Painted Churches, located near the farm, in High Hill.
The church, built in 1906, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.
The architect, Leo M.J. Dielmann, was born in San Antonio, Texas. He studied architecture and engineering in Germany.
It always takes my breathe away when I first walk into one of our Painted Churches. This one is no different. If you click Here, you can read about another Painted Church.
In 1912 Ferdinand Stockert and Hermann Kern applied the decorative painting to the inside of the church. It is said they first painted the designs on canvas and then glued them to the wood walls.
The columns are also wood with a Faux Finish to look like marble.
The details are shown on every wall.....Your eyes have a difficult time taking in all the beauty.
Each stained glass is a work of art.
The inside of the church is a photographer's dream. I came away with about 50 photos. It was difficult to choose which ones to post for the blog.
My hopes are that I have given you a sense of what it is like in a painted church. I also want you to see the church is not located in a busy town.
It is located......High on a Hill
Beautiful! I can see there's a lot of Texas that we will need to explore-I had never heard of the painted churches.ReplyDelete
Hello Jan....maybe when you move a little closer to the farm, you can make a day trip out here for a tour of our painted churches. There is so much history around me.Delete
What a gorgeous church! The architecture is fantastic! You took some beautiful photos.ReplyDelete
You would enjoy photographing all of our painted churches! Thank you for your kind comments.Delete
You live in such a beautiful and interesting place Meggie.The church is lovely, but what is really special to me is the sense of peace and tranquility that comes from your posts.I feel soothed after reading them. xReplyDelete
Hello Scarlet...thank you so much for your comment. I'm going through a particular stressful time in my life. These first four comments brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for your kind words today about "peace and tranquility". It brings me so much joy that it is soothing to you and maybe to others.Delete
Oh, Meggie, this is a stunningly beautiful church. I could spend a day in there - so many beautiful things, the soaring, painted columns, the exquisite ceiling, statues, woodwork, the windows..it is a treasure, in a beautiful setting. Wonderful photographs! It is so difficult to focus when you are surround by so many beautiful details, but you did!ReplyDelete
Hello Elaine...You know how I think! It was difficult to keep the post short. I have so many beautiful photos that I took. You know, the painted churches are open each day, for free. This one is about 8 miles from me. I should have said they still have regular services in all of the churches. Faith is very important in this community. Maybe that is why there is such a feeling of tranquilty where I live.Delete
What a beautiful church. I have never seen anything like it before. Have a nice sunday.ReplyDelete
Hello Elna...I'm so glad I could share it with you. Happy Sunday!Delete
Meggie, I remain in awe of your photos and how you capture the "personality" of everything. I close my eyes and can imagine all the craftsmen working on such a beautiful structure.ReplyDelete
I too have had a lot of stress this week, but I will tell you having you in my life brings a calmness. Thank you for sharing your life with us. Love you, Susan
Hello Susan....I failed to mention the church lights are very low. My photography skills didn't do the beauty justice. It is a very serene place, a place to leave all your troubles!Delete
Thank you for sharing ,so beautiful......ReplyDelete
And, thank you for looking at my post. Your photos, today, were amazing... the eagle and the harbor!Delete
What a beautiful church! I'd love to see the inside of a painted church after seeing your wonderful photos.ReplyDelete
Hello Cheryl....all it takes is a trip to Texas and you can see all of them in one afternoon! You would come away with hundreds of photos.Delete
What a lovely church! I can just imagine that it's cool and peaceful inside. Sigh...ReplyDelete
Hello Ms Sparrow...you are so correct. It was very cool and peaceful...with low lighting except for the stained glass windows.Delete
Hi Meggie.Just catching up after our week away! You have posted some gorgeous photos, I love stained glass and those are just beautiful.ReplyDelete
Hi Anne...You would truly love this church. They are more beautiful than my photos could every show..ReplyDelete
Hi my dear friend Meggie, I have received your nice comments just now. I have returned and now I am at work. But first of all I looked your blog posts.ReplyDelete
These are amazing pictures.. I like stained glass art so so much. It is impossible to see this kind of art nowadays. Visiting old churchs is the same with visiting history I think. I wish I would be there...:))
Maybe one day....
Best warm wishes from my family and from me...
Such wonderful pictures, love the stained glass. xReplyDelete
Thank you for posting about this hidden treasure! Gorgeous stained glass windows!ReplyDelete