The Smallest Church in the World
The annual Mass at the smallest church in the world, the Madonna Chapel in Bayou Goula, is held on August 15 in celebration of the Assumption of the Blessed Mother.
The original chapel was built with lumber donated by area residents on land donated by Anthony Gullo in 1903. The church was built as a tribute to the Blessed Mother, and is only eight feet square.
It is said that when the eldest son of Anthony Gullo, a poor, local Italian sugar farmer, became seriously ill, the father pledged a chapel to the Madonna if the boy recovered. He did recover, and he kept his promise.
Robert Ripley brought the chapel additional fame when he featured it in "Believe It or Not."
Many people throughout the world visit this chapel and most are amazed at its size. The family of Anthony Gullo now reside in Rockfort, Ill.