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Just down the road (route C64) west of New Vienna is the small community of Petersburg. Like New Vienna it is dominated by an impressive stone Gothic Revival Roman Catholic church, Saints Peter and Paul. It was started in 1867–1868 as a church with a central entrance tower. In 1904 it was substantially enlarged. The central tower and spire were joined at the front by two additional towers, each placed at a 45-degree angle to the corners of the building.

These towers are lower in height than the central tower, and each contains an open eight-sided belfry. The interior of this church with nave and side aisles is elaborate in its decoration, which ranges from the sumptuous main altar and the stations of the cross, to ceiling paintings and richly delineated stained glass windows.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim

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