Warrenton, Texas: World's Smallest Catholic Church

Another wee house of worship, but this Roman Catholic sanctuary offers more ornate trimmings than most traveler chapels.

Saint Martin's Church

Address:
Hwy 237, Warrenton, TX
Directions:
Saint Martin's Church. Northeast of town on Hwy 237, past FM 954, on west side.
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Replica mural. World's Smallest Catholic Church

There is more to the story of this tiny church! The painting reproduction hanging behind the altar, depicting St. Martin of Tours, takes the place of the original painting which hung there until 2002. In that year, the painting was rediscovered as the work of Johann Ignaz Berger, a prolific Czech ecclesiastical painter of the 19th century. The piece was one of a group of paintings brought by Czech immigrants in the late 1800s to hang in their new church in Fayetteville, St. John the Baptist. The paintings were stored and forgotten when the old church was torn down and rebuilt in the 1960s. All seven have been recovered, restored and re-framed and now hang once again in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. The original frames are displayed in the back room of the Fayetteville Area Museum, on the central town square, which is in itself worth a visit.

[Lalena Fisher, 04/20/2007]
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Here's another entry for the World's Smallest Church fray. This church, the historical St. Martins, is located between the towns of Round Top and Warrenton in central Texas. I am not certain how the church holds mass, but believe they do so regularly.

Here is an interior view.

[Chris, 11/11/2001]

Note -- for those concerned with distortions of scale, that's a normal-sized child in the photos, not an adult.

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