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Baclayon Church

Municipal Tourism Activity Center, 6301, Philippines
038-540-9373
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Ranked #5 of 46 Attractions in Bohol Island
Type: Historic Sites
Description: One of the oldest stone churches in the Philippines.
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Ghaziabad, India
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Second oldest church in Philippines built during the Spanish era. Good place to learn about the religious heritage of Phillippines esp during Spanish times. You will find it to be made up of coral stones which was artistically done a long back and is still prominent. The church as i heard was made to resemble the shape of a Cross.... More

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Mandaue, Philippines
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

We could no longer see the front of the church because there was a reconstruction process going on. We were not also able to look inside because it was closed. I am not sure also if the church is open to the public with the reconstruction going on. We just have to contend ourselves with looking at this side of... More

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Melbourne
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Built in 1727 Baclayon Church is billed as the oldest stone coral church in the region and the second oldest in the Philippines after St Agustin's church in Manila (1720). It didn't strike me as a church at all though, being without a steeple or a spire, but it's an impressively grand old building nonetheless. After paying a minimal entrance... More

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Dasmarinas City, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

great architecturals design since it was very old i may say oldest church in asia. but was destructed by the quake that hits this year and hopefully will be reconstructed soon

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Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

i feel pity on the church which is ruin by the earthquake, it should be repaired immediately because catholic has a lot of money. they should ask assistance to the rome in order to bring back the old glory of the church.

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Quezon City
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

I remember how beautiful it was. So much history now. Travellers please bear w/ the Boholanos. After the earthquake, old churches are very affected and in need of serious repairs. Like this one. Understand the dust and construction. Admire its beauty history and the people's strength to stand up again. Listen to the guide's stories. It is still worth seeing... More

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Valletta, Malta
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

During my last visit to Bohol Island, Philippines, on one occasion we managed to visit the Baclayon Church. However on arrival to our great disappointment we were met by a young Philippine nun who explained to us the hectic situation of this church in view of the last earthquake which caused very extensive damages to this church. I still say... More

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Bacolod, Philippines
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

The Baclayon Church is one of the oldest church in the Philippines. Parts of it is closed due to restoration caused by damaged of the earthquake in 2013. Even though it was damaged by the earthquake its still worth a visit and I personally think that ruins is part of the attraction. There are some section of it that is... More

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Manila, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

The Church of Baclayon is one of the oldest churches in the Philippines. Some 200 native forced laborers constructed the church from coral stones, which they took from the sea, cut into square blocks, and piled on to each other. They used bamboo to move and lift the stones in position, and used the white of a million eggs as... More

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Manila
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

The Earthquake pretty much made it difficult to appreciate the church. It isn't being used for mass anymore because parts of the wall cracked. The museum is okay but after visiting the museum at San Agustin, this one doesn't compare. Do drop by and make a donation though so that the church can be restored.

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