This is the third post I have made about the community of Dubina. The first one was Remembering Our Soldiers, posted for Memorial Day week end. Connected with the cemetery is another one of our beautiful painted churches, Saints Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church.
The early Czech settlers, from the northeastern part of Moravia, made the trip in 1856. If you are interested in a more complete history of the people and church, click Here.
There is a very prominent cross on the front lawn along with the Texas State flag and American flag.
Although the windows are not stained glass, they do have a beautiful shape to them.
A window from the inside......
I have said this before, it always takes my breath away when I step into one of these painted churches. This one is no different with it's beautiful blue dome. The ceiling area has stars painted on them that appear to twinkle.
The common materials used are embellished with paint to make this extraordinary church.
Here are some details of the paint applied stenciling.
If some of the photos appear a little off center, here is the reason. The church was not open for viewing inside. I had to get down on the floor, place my camera inside the gate, and take the photos from a very awkward position.
As I was leaving, I noticed the little angel, with folded wings, resting on a bench......
I'm with you on that one Meggie, it truly is stunning inside that beautiful church.I love our old churches over here, everything about them from the architecture to the smell of them!ReplyDelete
The little cherub sat on the seat is just gorgeous too.
Hello Anne...The blue dome and stars are more beautiful than my photographs. I would love to have a cherub like this in my own garden.Delete
It certainly doesn't need stained glass windows with that beautifully painted interior. I can only imagine the time and dedication it took. And the piece d'resistance, that Little Angel...well, it brought tears to my eyes. Love you, SusanReplyDelete
Hi Susan...I do know about stenciling and the time it takes. Years ago, I had my own business of stenciling other homes. I would draw and cut the stencils to the owners specifications, then apply the work to the walls. Never did I do anything as high as this dome. The folded wings on the little angel bring the word "comfort" to my mind.Delete
Thanks so much for sharing these places. Old churches are so beautiful. I love architecture and these old building are just great.ReplyDelete
Hello Amy....thanks for taking a look at my blog. I love your "Top Shot" photo you posted on Saturday. The bouquet is my favorite color scheme!Delete
You did a wonderful job of photographing that spectacular interior especially given that you couldn't get in there - that is true dedication for you! The stencil work and the colours create a delightful visual treat. I have to agree with the others, the little angel is so very special - I keep going back to look at it. Thank you, Meggie.ReplyDelete
Hello Elaine...The more I look at the little angel, the more I realize how special she is. I think we all have our own guardian angel. First I thought of "comfort" with her wings wrapped around her. Now, I think maybe she is bearing the weight of someones' problems. I guess we all see something different when we look at her....Delete
What a lot of love and devotion went into decorating that lovely church. It has an "old world" feel to it but is still refreshinglyReplyDelete
Hello Ms Sparrow....The painted church is a good example how paint can change a room....especially this church.Delete
What a gorgeous church, both inside and out! Wow!ReplyDelete
Wonderful post. GORGEOUS church! When we lived in Texas we heard about a Painted Churches tour and there were several churches very much like this one to see. I never went and regret it. LOVED your beautiful photos!ReplyDelete
THey just don't make em like this any more! And you did a fabulous job photographing considering yyour circumstances!ReplyDelete