In January 2012, I published a post about St Martins Catholic Church. I thought it might be nice to use these photos, and post again for the Inspired Sunday link.
As you can see, in the photo, it is claimed to be the worlds smallest active Catholic Church.
The 14' 3" x 18' 1" structure, is about the size of a storage building. Apparently, a mass is still held here once a month.
It was almost noon when I took these photos. There was not a cloud in the sky, with a crisp 56 degree temperature.
Let's take a closer look at the details on the small church, originally built in the late 1880's.
The story is told that by 1915 much of the congregation had moved away. The building was dismantled to build a school in a nearby town. It has been said, that this church was rebuilt, in 1918, with the left over
An image I caught, looking through a side window.
I was surprised to find the altar so ornate. The ceiling has been left in its natural state. The walls are painted a soft shade of green.
There will be no "nodding off" to sleep, while sitting on these rustic backless pews...
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What a beautiful place. I was surprised to see such an ornate altar. JxReplyDelete
I'm proud to say that all the historical churches, near where I live, still have regular services. Some of them are on Saturday, because the priest has more than one parish.Delete
Thank you for sharing. Beautiful altar. You are right, one couldn't doze off on those hard pew planks, landing on the floor would wake them up. Nice to hear that services are held once a month.ReplyDelete
It really is beautiful. I love seeing a peek inside.ReplyDelete
Beautiful sacred space. Let me just say that Catholic Mass does not lend itself to dozing. First you're up, then you're down, then you're holding hands, then you're on your knees..... Only I don't see how they can kneel with those benches as close together as they are. I do think it's wonderful that there is a traveling priest who visits this small congregation every month.ReplyDelete
so cute & very tiny. they really stuffed a bunch of goodies in there all together. can you imagine falling asleep? that could be dangerous or at least very funny for others. ( :ReplyDelete
A real beauty, this little church. Groetjes, GerdaReplyDelete
Oh, my. I've never seen a church so small! It's beautiful, though! I like that it looks like a traditional country church.ReplyDelete
Great little find and fun photos. I loved that side window shot.ReplyDelete
Simple and yet quite beautiful.ReplyDelete
Looks quite accommodating on the inside, considering how small the building is. I wasn't sure there would be sitting room available.ReplyDelete
Visiting from InSPIREd Sundays,
It's beautiful! I was surprised to see how much room there appears to be on the inside. I love that they are still using it!ReplyDelete
Such a pretty little space! It's so nice that the church changed to reflect the congregation - it must be much more manageable than a larger building and the materials of the original church built a school. Very practical!ReplyDelete
Thank you for sharing it!
Beautiful and very interesting!ReplyDelete
I thought I left a comment, but guess I goofed. I enjoyed your post on churches. Another blogging friend suggested your meme to me. Will try and post in the future.ReplyDelete
Charming! And what a sky!ReplyDelete