The Painted Churches are situated on beautifully tended grounds amid Texas Hill Country.
In addition to a church, at some point during the last century, these properties also included a rectory for the parish priest, a Catholic school, a nuns’ home, a parish hall, and a cemetery.
Here are some of my favorite pictures from the grounds of the Painted Churches we visited on December, 2020: The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (St. Mary’s) in High Hill; Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in Dubina; and St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Ammannsville.
The tombstones are lovingly tended, and some go back as far as the 1840s.
It’s fun to look at the Czech and German inscriptions and family names on the tombstones.
An old barn and a piano bridge near the church in Dubina.
Photos by Steve Dudley.
For more on Painted Churches, see “Painted Churches of Texas” and “Painted Churches: The Annotated Stained Glass of St. Mary’s.”