|Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in San Antonio was built in 1911 by the Claretians,|
a community of priests and brothers devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
It is one of the Painted Churches of Texas.
Photograph and caption by Jason Merlo, Merlo Photography
Cross the threshold of these particular Texas churches and you'll encounter not a simple wooden interior but an unexpected profusion of color. Nearly every surface is covered with bright painting: exuberant murals radiate from the apse, elaborate foliage trails the walls, wooden columns and baseboards shine like polished marble in shades of green and gray. These are the Painted Churches of Texas.Read all about them here. Jason Merlo Photography has some stunning shots.
Built by 19th century immigrants to this rough but promising territory, these churches transport the visitor back to a different era, a different way of life. ...