Grab Your Camera: Picturesque Churches of the Texas Hill Country

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Whether you regularly attend a church or any house of worship, you cannot deny that the architecture of many of these buildings astounds the eye. These range from massive cathedrals to tiny town churches. But don’t let looks deceive you. Some of the humblest churches have fantastic ornamentation inside, and even modest buildings are infused with decades of history. Add these places to your next road trip if you love architecture or just picturesque locations.

1. Zion Lutheran Church – Fredericksburg

Picturesque Churches Zion Lutheran Church Fredericksburg

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Back in 1854, builders set the cornerstone of the oldest Lutheran church in the Texas Hill Country, Zion Lutheran Church. When you see this church, you’re looking at history. The church still stands today, though its growing congregation has required multiple improvements to the facility. Though the church does not offer tours, it is a part of the annual Christmas-season Church to Church Walk, and, like all churches, they always welcome visitors to the Sunday services.

2. Cathedral of San Fernando – San Antonio

San Fernando Cathedral San Antonio

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Sometime between 1738 and 1750, the Spanish built the walls of what is today known as the San Fernando Cathedral or the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria y Guadalupe. Located on the Main Plaza in downtown San Antonio, this is one of the easiest of the historic churches to find. This highly active church still flourishes today, with multiple services on Sundays, but it has its roots deep in Texas history. Inside the cathedral, you’ll find a common tomb for the remains of Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie, and William B. Travis, who all died at the Alamo. Its age and heritage have earned this cathedral a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. History buffs must see this house of worship when in San Antonio.

3. Saint Mary’s Catholic Church – Fredericksburg

Saint Mary's Church Fredericksburg
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