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Filipino Flashback Friday: Baroque Churches of the Philippines

There are four Baroque Churches of the Philippines.  These are UNESCO World Heritage sites, this means they are protected by the United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organization. One of my goals in live is to visit as many as these sites as I can.

Three out of four churches in one vacation isn’t bad!

Why are these church important and protected? According to UNESCO’s website:

This group of churches established a style of building and design that was adapted to the physical conditions in the Philippines and had an important influence on later church architecture in the region. The four churches are outstanding examples of the Philippine interpretation of the Baroque style, and represent the fusion of European church design and construction with local materials and decorative motifs to form a new church-building tradition.

To read more about these Baroque Churches visit their website.

The first one we went to was The Church of San Agustín in Paoay, Ilocos Norte. This church is know as “Earthquake Baroque” because it was build to withstand earthquakes. Construction on the present church began in 1694 and it was completed in 1710.

The Church of San Agustín at Paoay

side doors, leading into the church

side doors, leading into the church

The Church of San Agustín at Paoay inside

The Church of San Agustín at Paoay inside

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The second church was Church of Nuestra Señora de la Asuncion in Santa Maria, Ilocos Sur also located in the northern part of the island of Luzon. It’s unusual because it’s build on the top of a hill and surrounded by walls. The mission at Santa Maria was founded in 1765.

Santa Maria altar

Santa Maria altar

Santa Maria inside

Santa Maria inside

Church of Nuestra Señora de la Asuncion in Santa Maria

Church of Nuestra Señora de la Asuncion in Santa Maria

The third was close to our family’s home, only an hour drive into the heart of Manila’s old city, Intramuros. The Church of the Immaculate Conception of San Agustín was the first church built on the island of Luzon in 1571, immediately after the Spanish conquest of Manila.

The Church of the Immaculate Conception of San Agustín

The Church of the Immaculate Conception of San Agustín

The Church of the Immaculate Conception of San Agustín ceiling

The Church of the Immaculate Conception of San Agustín ceiling

The Church of the Immaculate Conception of San Agustín, inside altar

The Church of the Immaculate Conception of San Agustín, inside altar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The only one I’m missing is The Church of Santo Tomas de Villanueva at Miag-ao, Iloilo in the Western Visayas region.

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One response

  1. Kudos, Ample material!

    May 26, 2016 at 11:41 am

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