Virtual Visita Iglesia

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UNESCO Heritage Churches

Being the only Christian nation in Asia and with over 400 years of rich Spanish heritage, our country is dotted with an abundance of these elegant structures. Built in God’s name, and for His glory, these bastions of Christianity are a testament of man’s faith, devotion, and artistic talents.

VR: San Agustin Church

The Church of the Immaculate Conception of San Agustin was the first church built on the island of Luzon in 1571, immediately after the Spanish conquest of Manila. A site within the district of Intramuros was assigned to the Augustinian Order, who were the first to evangelize in the Philippines. In 1587 the impermanent earliest building in wood and palm fronds was replaced by a church and monastery in stone, the latter becoming the Augustinian mother house in the Philippines. As a result the church was richly endowed, with a fine retablo, pulpit, wall paintings, lectern, and choir-stalls. It was the only structure in Intramuros to survive the liberation of Manila in 1945.
Facade

 

San Agustin Church, as it is commonly referred today; is one of two prominent churches within Intramuros. Aside from being one of the favored churches for weddings, it also houses a museum that displays historical and religious artifacts such as paintings, porcelains, vestments, gold chalices, and the likes. It also has in its possession an 18th century pipe organ that is still being use today. There’s also a crypt and a monument in remembrance for those victims of the Japanese occupation during WWII.
 Main Stairway


 


Not many people know, Miguel Lopez de Legaspi, who ordered the construction of the walls of Intramuros, founder of Manila, and the first Spanish governor of the Philippines was laid to rest in this very church. His tomb is found near the altar.
18th Century Pipe Organ


 


Legaspi’s Tomb


 


 VR: Santa Maria Church and Monastery

Located in the town of Santa Maria in Ilocos Sur, this church is unique among Philippine churches in that it was situated on a hill elevated from the central town plaza. The hill is surrounded by a retaining wall on all sides. The church’s bell tower consists of stacked octagonal horizontal cross sections of decreasing diameter. The patron saint of the parish, which was established in 1765, is Señora de la Asuncion and her feast day is celebrated on August 15, the feast of the Assumption. Enshrined in the church is the Virgin’s statue made of wood in ornate sculptural style, with ivory face and hands. She stands on pedestal of clouds surrounded by angel’s heads.
Facade

 

The mission at Santa Maria, founded on a narrow, flat plain between the sea and the central mountain range of Luzon, was one of the most successful Augustinian houses in the Philippines. It served as the base for the Christianization of the northern parts of the archipelago.
Interior of the Church


 


The Octagonal Bell Tower


 


VR: Paoay Church 

The town of Paoay is called “Bombay” in early documents, in keeping with the legend that the earliest inhabitants came from India. It is first mentioned in 1593 and became an Augustinian independent parish in 1686. Commissioned by the Augustinian friars led by Fr. Antonio Estavillo, the construction of the church begun in 1694 and was completed in 1710 and rededicated in 1896.

Built of coral blocks and stucco-plastered bricks, the architecture is a unique combination of Gothic, Baroque, and Oriental. It is considered to be the most outstanding example in the Philippines of “earthquake Baroque”, as giant buttresses lined along the sides of the church for protection against earthquakes. A few meters away is the coral-stone bell tower; they were usually built farther away to prevent damage to the church in case it fell down from an earthquake. The tower served as an observation post of the “Katipuneros” during the Philippine Revolution and again by the “Guerillas” during the Japanese occupation.
Facade


 


VR: Miag-ao Church and Bell Towers

The Augustinian mission station of Miag-ao became an independent parish in 1731, when a simple church and convent (parish house) were built. However, destruction of the town by Moslem pirates in 1741 and 1754 led to the town being rebuilt in a more secure location. The new church, constructed in 1787-97, was built as a fortress, to withstand further incursions. The church stands on the highest point of Miag-ao, its towers serving as lookouts against Moslem raids. 

The sumptuous facade epitomizes the Filipino transfiguration of western decorative elements, with the figure of St. Christopher on the pediment dressed in native clothes, carrying the Christ Child on his back, and holding on to a coconut palm for support. The entire riotously decorated facade is flanked by massive tapering bell towers of unequal heights. It was, however, damaged severely by fire on two occasions – during the revolution against Spain in 1898 and again in World War II.

Facade


 


Interior View of the Church


 


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Heritage Churches in the Philippines

Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception – Baclayon, Bohol
Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception – Baclayon, Bohol

St. John the Baptist Parish – Badoc, Ilocos Norte
St. John the Baptist Parish – Badoc, Ilocos Norte

Immaculate Conception Parish – Balayan, Batangas
Immaculate Conception Parish – Balayan, Batangas

Shrine of Nuestra Señora de la Caridad – Bantay, Ilocos Sur
Shrine of Nuestra Señora de la Caridad – Bantay, Ilocos Sur

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish – Malolos, Bulacan
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish – Malolos, Bulacan

Nuestra Señora Patrocinio de Maria Church – Boljoon, Cebu
Nuestra Señora Patrocinio de Maria Church – Boljoon, Cebu

St. John the Baptist Parish – Calamba, Laguna
St. John the Baptist Parish – Calamba, Laguna

St. Catherine of Alexandra Church – Carcar, Cebu
St. Catherine of Alexandra Church – Carcar, Cebu

St. Augustine Parish – Cuyo Island, Palawan
St. Augustine Parish
– Cuyo Island, Palawan

San Jose de Ivana Church, Batan Island, Batanes
San Jose de Ivana Church, Batan Island, Batanes

Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria – Jaro, Iloilo City
Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria – Jaro, Iloilo City

St. John the Baptist Parish – Liliw, Laguna
St. John the Baptist Parish – Liliw, Laguna

St. Mary Magdalene Church – Magdalena, Laguna
St. Mary Magdalene Church – Magdalena, Laguna

San Carlos Borromeo Church – Batan, Batanes Islands
San Carlos Borromeo Church – Batan, Batanes Islands

San Gregorio Magno Parish – Majayjay, Laguna
San Gregorio Magno Parish – Majayjay, Laguna

St. Anne Parish – Molo, Iloilo City
St. Anne Parish
– Molo, Iloilo City

St. Bartholomew Parish - Nagcarlan, Laguna
St. Bartholomew Parish
- Nagcarlan, Laguna

Parish of St, Isidore the Worker – Navalas, Guimaras
Parish of St, Isidore the Worker – Navalas, Guimaras

Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Parish – Oslob, Cebu
Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Parish – Oslob, Cebu

St. James the Apostle Church – Paete, Laguna
St. James the Apostle Church – Paete, Laguna

San Pedro de Alcantara Church – Pakil, Laguna
San Pedro de Alcantara Church – Pakil, Laguna

Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene – Quiapo, Manila
Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene – Quiapo, Manila

Immaculate Conception Parish
Immaculate Conception Parish

St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral – Vigan, Ilocos Sur
St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral – Vigan, Ilocos Sur

San Juan Bautista Church - Tabaco City, Albay
San Juan Bautista Church
- Tabaco City, Albay

St. John of Sahagun Church – Tigbauan, Iloilo
St. John of Sahagun Church – Tigbauan, Iloilo


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