St. Martin Church - Piqua, Kansas

Back in early November, Harland and I got away for a day and drove around southeast Kansas. One of the places where we stopped was a lovely old church in the tiny town of Piqua, population 107 at the last census.

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Hope the door is unlocked.

It is!

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Just inside the front door tacked to a bulletin board is some info about the church and its history:

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Let’s look around inside:

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Who’s that slipping out on the last supper?

(Answer: Judas)

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Very often, the best view is from the balcony:

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A collection of old sheet music:

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A latin hymn:

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Back down the narrow balcony stairs:

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A print hanging in the vestibule of the church grounds as they looked in the 1970s. The school and gym at right were closed in 1972 and torn down in 2006.

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A last view from the cemetery:

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The church was closed as a parish in 1998, but is still lovingly maintained by volunteers and open to the public every day.

For more info about the church click HERE or HERE.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!


5 comments to St. Martin Church – Piqua, Kansas

  • Glenda

    Beautiful church and what a legacy. So sad when parishes have to shut down but what a blessing the volunteers still clean and care for the church.

  • Jeanne L

    I’m so glad that this beautiful old church is being lovingly taken care of! It would be such a sad thing for it to be let go. Thank you, Suzanne, f for sharing this! I really enjoyed seeing it!

  • So beautiful. It’s wonderful that it’s being cared for, and you certainly captured its essence with care. I took time to visit a small country church over Thanksgiving. It was very small, not at all well lit, and not so fancy, but it was open — one of the little touches that always pleases me when I find it.

  • Chester's Mom

    I so enjoy your pictures of churches that you all visit. Such beauty in the building and grounds, it’s sad to think they are no longer in regular use. I assume the town has dried up and the people moved away?

  • Tina

    Beautiful and sad at the same time. Sad it is no longer in use.

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