Texas is full of unique, historical wonders, and the painted churches of Texas are truly some of those wonders. The painted churches of Texas have grown from beautiful places of worship to incredible attractions for tourists, travelers and artists alike. On the outside, these churches look like any other churches built from the late 1800s to the early 1900s. However, once you step inside, the shocking contrast between the plain outside to the lavishly painted interior is truly a sight to see. It’s time to head to Central Texas to view these incredible painted churches.

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Ammansville, Texas
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Ammansville, Texas

There are over 20 different painted churches in the Lone Star State. These churches were all built by immigrants in the 19th century. Many Central Texas towns were erected by immigrants from Germany and Czechoslovakia, now referred to as the Czech Republic. These settlers struggled to find a place in this new land, and the painted churches were a way to preserve their unique heritage and culture. Therefore within the painted decor, there are many inscriptions in both German and Czech.

Inside St. Mary's Catholic Church in High Hill, Texas
Inside St. Mary's Catholic Church in High Hill, Texas

Now these painted churches are dotted all over Central Texas in the towns of Fredericksburg, Praha, Ammansville, Dubina, Serbin, Schulenburg, Shiner and High Hill. However Schulenberg is referred to as the “Home of the Painted Churches,” since there are four painted churches in and around this small Texas town. The town of Schulenberg even offers a tour of the painted churches in the area, which is a great way to learn more about these unique structures.

Inside St. Mary's Catholic Church in High Hill, Texas
Inside St. Mary's Catholic Church in High Hill, Texas

The painted styles in the churches vary from stenciling to freehand painting to marbling techniques. Since many of the churches were made with large Gothic windows with beautiful stain glass inlays, there is plenty of natural lighting that floods the interiors, leaving visitors with plenty of light to view the intricately painted details.

Inside St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
Inside St. John the Baptist Catholic Church

The painted churches of Texas is just another thing that makes Texas special. The Lone Star State has a rich history, and the painted churches are a beautiful relic of the past. Now many of the painted churches still act as places of worship. Therefore always respect the space and refrain from visiting during hours of ceremony. Or better yet, enjoy a sermon in a painted church just like the immigrants of yesteryear did.

Inside the Saints Cyril and Methodius Church in Dubina, Texas
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Inside the Saints Cyril and Methodius Church in Dubina, Texas

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