Last week's church tour brought over 700 visitors to Altenburg, which the blog for the Lutheran Heritage Museum called a "stunner."
It's easy to see why the event is so popular, as it provides a rare opportunity to enjoy so many churches at one time. Each church building has its own fascinating architecture. Brazeau Presbyterian has peculiar iron bars that crisscross the sanctuary, providing extra structural support. Concordian Lutheran at Frohna features a painting of the open sky above the pulpit, which naturally draws everybody's attention heavenward. St. Joseph Catholic is most notable for something located outside the church itself: the shrine where spring water emerges from the ground before immediately re-entering a sinkhole.
I was surprised that so many churches in Perry County, regardless of denomination, were built with tin ceilings. At Brazeau, almost every exposed wall is covered with tin sheets pressed with a variety of intricate designs. Those German immigrants knew a thing or two about building churches.
Below is another sampling of photos from churches along the tour.
St. Joseph Catholic Church - Apple Creek
Organized 1828, present church built 1884
Brazeau Presbyterian Church
Organized in the 1820s, present church built 1852
Concordia Lutheran Church - Frohna
Immanuel Lutheran Church - Altenburg
Trinity Lutheran Church - Altenburg
Organized 1839, present church built 1867
Immanuel Lutheran Church - New Wells
Organized 1853, present church built 1958