For an inspiring and uplifting day, we recommend a tour of the Historic Churches of Ellis County. The first churches in our area were built during the 1870s and 1880s by Volga German settlers. Many small wood-frame structures were later replaced by larger churches crafted of native limestone. Visitors will be in awe of the craftsmanship of the beautiful stained glass, hand-painted artwork, architectural style, and detailed altarpieces. The Basilica of St. Fidelis, often called “The Cathedral of the Plains” was named as one of the Eight Wonders of Kansas and receives visitors from all over the world. Each church has its own unique story and all stand as symbols of the faith of early pioneers. Call the Hays CVB to help you set up one of these wonderful tours for your special group.