This church was built in 1881 along the Romanesque lines of churches
in Europe, but local builders have incorporated neo-classic lines
especially along the external sides of the church. Rounded arches
tapering down to the strong pillars harmonize with uncluttered
lines of the central ceilings. The church is remarkable
for its wide open central nave and circular niches.
Location : Tanauan, Batangas
How to get there : From Manila, take BLTB or Batangas City bound
buses and alight at Tanauan, then take a tricycle to the church.
Travel time : 1 1/2 to 2 hours' drive from Manila.
Church of the Guillermo of
The construction of the church was begun by Spanish friars in
1892 but it suffered a heavy damage in 1898. Restorations have
enabled the structure to be functional until today.
Location : Talisay
Church of Imaculate Concepcion
Church of the Imaculate Concepcion of Bauan was first constructed
in 1700. It was built around neo-classical lines and its walls
are broken by Gothic lancet
windows. The altar has tri-centered arch with the niche containing
the statue of the Virgin. The facade of the church features both
geometric and circular forms. It has a bell tower which is hexagonal,
and rests in a base decorated with coupled colums, topped by
a campanile. The church is arcade with capiz shell windows on
the upper level.
Location : Bauan
How to get there : From Manila, take Batangas-bound for Bauan
Travel time : 1 1/2 to 2 drive hours' from Manila.
Church of Our Lady of Caysasay
This church is one of the province's distinct cultural artifacts,
for housing some of the priceless relics of the Spanish colonial
period. Among these is the 27- centimeter image of the Virgin
which was finished out of the waters in 1603, the Augustinian
emblems engraved in the communion rails, the ornately carved
holy water receptacle, and the few reamaining Baroque motifs
which remain on the extenal friege. The church has been renovated,but
many interesting details of period art can still be appreciated.
The original church-sanctuary also connects to an orphanage.
Location : Taal
How to get there : Take Manila buses or hired car bound for Taal,
Batangas. From the Taal basilica one can hire a tricycle towards
the site. An alternative is form the San Lorenzo Ruiz arch and
steps, popularly known as "hagdan hagdan", a 125-step
staircase leading from the town proper t to the sanctuary.
Travel time : Approximately 2 1/2 hours from Manila.
Carmelite Convent of Lipa
This convent of the contemplative order of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
was the site of a mysterious "Shower of Petals" to
a visionary nun afetr World War II.
Location : Lipa City
How to get there : The place is accessible by car from Manila.
Travel time : 1 1/2 hours' drive from Manila.
Built in the Romanesque tradition with circular dome, massive
walls and balconies the cathedral is the center of Sunday workship
in the historic town of Lipa,
Batangas. Lipa Cathedral was originally built to honor St. Sebastian.
grand transept was completed in 1865 but after the war, it underwent
massive reconstruction. This beautiful church has an architecture
which used columns and arches in an ascending and descending
order, creating the effect of a shadow
and-light play. The domes of the church and bell tower have intricate
moldings and arched stained-glass windows. The nave or body of
the church is barrel- vaulted and now illuminated by modern chandeliers.
The church also features a winding stairway to the choir loft.
Location : Lipa City
How to get there : Take a bus from Manila for Batangas City Travel
time : 1 1/2 hours' from Manila
San Jose Church
This church was built by the Augustinian friar Fr. Manuel Blanco
in 1812. It has a large one-aisle interior and is remarkable
for its restored main altar, geometrical
decorations and flowery capitals on the columns. The church is
a paragon of Baroque architecture in the Philippines, and combines
this with the neo-classical
lines of an adjacent convent. The pulpit and canopy is study
in intricate carvings of local flora.
Location : San Jose Batangas
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