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Schulenburg Painted Churches Video
In the communities of Dubina, High Hill, Ammannsville and Praha, churches were adorned using paint. Photo by Joel Luks
Schulenburg Painted Churches Video
Stencils, pouncing and hand-painted faux techniques were applied to mimic decorative molding, natural stone, cast details and trompe-l'œil effects. Photo by Joel Luks
Schulenburg Painted Churches Video
Locating these architectural gems may prove to be somewhat of a manhunt: There aren't neon signs pointing you from one to the other. Photo by Joel Luks
Schulenburg Painted Churches Video
It's relatively easy to speed through Schulenburg without giving its importance a second thought, unless you are in mood for Czech-style kolaches, a polka dance party or fatty sausages. Photo by Joel Luks
Schulenburg Painted Churches Video
The Greater Schulenburg Area is home to 18 catholic churches, most of them located in small unincorporated communities surrounding the charming, railroad town. Photo by Joel Luks
Schulenburg Painted Churches Video
Settlers didn't have the funds or access to the building materials necessary to erect their houses of worship in a similar style to those of their native land. Photo by Joel Luks
Schulenburg Painted Churches Video
Marble was a luxury, skilled craftsmen were scarce and cash wasn't abundant. Photo by Joel Luks
Schulenburg Painted Churches Video
Exploring these buildings is best with help of local experts. The Greater Schulenburg Chamber of Commerce offers guided tours of the painted churches. Photo by Joel Luks