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Monday, November 30, 2015

World's Smallest Church... At Least in Iowa

We had another 'turn around and go look' stop on our trip home from Minnesota.

We passed a road saying pointing west that said "World's Smallest Church".  Well you know us... we could pass that by!  After a rainy drive two mile drive we arrived.


It is absolutely lovely.  The chapel was built in 1885.


The Hubers are the descendants of Johann's daughter.


The chapel is 14' X 20', and the belfry is 40' tall.  On the rainy day we visited it was almost impossible to see inside as there seems to be no electric lights (at least none that we could find).  It took the camera flash to see the interior.


 Each year, on the Sunday closest to June 13, the feast of St. Anthony of Padua mass is offered on the chapel's miniature altar.


The stained glass windows were installed in 1904.


So small.


This seems to be all the ledgers visitors have signed over the years.  If the light had been better I would have looked through them.


There is a small cemetery near the back of the church.  It was too cold-rainy to have a look.

The wee church is definitely worth a visit if you happen by.



1 comment:

  1. Oh I love this, Teri! Doesn't it make your imagination run wild? Think of the prayers said in those four walls, the gratitude for the little sanctuary when the last nail was put into place. It's very pretty!

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