Whether you’ve seen them online or in-person, churches aren’t just considered to be a holy place, but also a piece of architecture. You can immediately tell the history and story of a church through its architecture style especially the ones that have stood for centuries. The same thought applies to all the churches here in the Philippines.
Because we have been colonized by Spain for more than 300 years, most of the old churches in the Philippines were heavily influenced by Baroque and Neoclassical styles. Here are our top 5 picks of the most beautiful churches in the Philippines.
Taal Basilica (Taal, Batangas) – Canonically known as Basilica of San Martin de Torres was first built in 1575 and was later rebuilt with stronger materials in 1642. It is considered to be the biggest church in the Philippines and Asia. It also has experienced all sorts of things including the 1754 Taal eruption which devastated the entire town of old Taal.
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Guadalupe Church Makati (Guadalupe Viejo, Makati City) – Founded in 1601, Guadalupe Church Makati or also known as Nuestra Señora de Gracia Church can be found in the heart of Metro Manila. The church is a mixture of different architectural styles with the Neo-Romanesque-Gothic façade and Baroque influences for its interiors. It is a popular venue for weddings in the city.
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Santo Niño Basilica (Cebu City, Cebu) – The history of this church dates back to 1565 where it was just built with wood and nipa. The present-day church, which is now made with sturdier materials, was finished around 1739. Almost 174 years after the day it was established which is also the same day when the image of the Holy Child was partially found in a partially burnt hunt. Thus, where the original Spanish name came from – Basílica Menor del Santo Niño de Cebú.
It is said that the façade is a combination of Muslim, Romanesque, and Neo-classical architecture with its massive dome, arched openings, and Doric columns. Many visit this old church not just to light a candle or listen to mass, but to also appreciate its overwhelming beauty.
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San Agustin Church (Paoay, Ilocos Norte) – Completed in 1710, San Agustin Church is famous for its distinct architecture, highlighted by the enormous buttresses on the sides and back of the building. It’s a primary example of a Spanish colonial earthquake Baroque architecture. A term dubbed by Alicia Coseteng which is described as large public spaces such as churches that suffered destructive earthquakes during the 17th and 18th centuries and were later on rebuilt into Baroque style during the Spanish Colonial era. It is considered as a UNESCO Heritage site.
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Callao Cave Chapel (Peñablanca, Cagayan) – This might be the most unique church you’ll find in the Philippines. Unlike the rest of the churches on this list, this particular church can be found inside a limestone cave called Callao Cave. The chapel, which is also called The Divine Room, is among the 7 chambers inside that has fissures on top that allow natural lighting to illuminate the inside.
It may not hold regular masses as of the current, but it’s pretty popular for couples who are looking for a more unique church wedding.
Photo source: Donnie Cruz from Getaway PH
You can visit these churches and more once you travel around the Philippines. You’ll find that most of these big and beautiful pieces of architecture are part of the many tourist attractions as it tells quite a historical narration of the place.
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