Festina, Iowa: Tiny Church
St. Anthony of Padua
- Little Church Rd, Festina, IA
- St. Anthony of Padua. Hwy 150 to Festina. West on 123rd St. for about a mile, watch for sign, then south on Little Church Rd., cross the river.
- Service held Sunday closest to June 13, Feast of St. Anthony of Padua
- Donations accepted.
Interior is 12 feet by 16 feet, with room for eight worshipers. Roadsideamerica.com Report...
Visitor Tips and News About Tiny Church
The church and grounds are still in good shape. The grounds also include a cabin that was built in 1848, deconstructed in 1993, and reconstructed in 1996. The original cabin was part of the Indian Agency and used by an agent of the organization. The cabin was used for Mass and therefore connects to the church. Inside the cabin there is also a large cabinet that was used as the first post office in the area.
There is no sign that explicitly says turn here to find the World's Smallest Church. You have to watch the road names to know when.[Melinda Bryan, 03/22/2011]
Cute little church, which doesn't look as small on the outside as it does when you peek inside. Someone looks after it religiously (pun intended), as there are fresh flowers on the altar and the narthex is well-stocked with brochures and postcards. There is not a speck of dust to be seen, although the pews could benefit from a coat of paint. It was rather dark in the tiny sanctuary, but still had the feel of a real church.[Sara Dunbar, 07/08/2007]
The world's smallest church is no longer in active service, but is maintained by a local family and open year-round. It's about two miles West of Festina, a small burg south of Decorah. The church seats about 8 people (more if friendly).
Well kept grounds; interesting gravestones.[Dario Zaffarano, 08/31/2006]