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“Very very close to my heart...”

Basilica of St. Martin de Tours
Ranked #1 of 8 things to do in Taal
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“Very very close to my heart...”
Reviewed November 27, 2013

I studied in a school adjacent to the Basilica of St. Martin de Tours. At that time, I did not know that the Basilica has been an attraction for tourists and locals alike... For me it was more of a place of refuge... A quiet place to be with God... The Basilica is so huge... You will really feel that you are in the "house" of God...

Visited June 2013
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Shah Alam, Malaysia
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“Now you don't need to go to Europe to see grand cathedrals”
Reviewed August 25, 2013

This cathedral is impressively old and huge. If you are based in Asia and you don't have the money to travel to Europe to see the huge cathedrals, this is probably the next best thing. Very impressive atmosphere.

Visited June 2013
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Paranaque, Philippines
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“I hope they maintain it better.”
Reviewed July 15, 2013

First impression is yes, it looks big. Then when you get to the front of the church and the sides, you will see that is dirty. People leave trash everywhere including the front of the church. My cousin who is 8 was the first who said, "ang dumi(dirty)".I have been to a lot of churches is the north and south part of the Philippines and this one did not look well maintained. The inside looked beautiful, but you will notice that the drawings on the ceiling is wallpaper and it is not smoothly pasted on the wall or maybe because it has not been replaced for a long time that it sags.

Visited July 2013
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Manila
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Basilica”
Reviewed December 27, 2012

It is an extraordinary Cathedral! The nearly 360 view from the bell tower is amazing! To learn more about Taal heritage town check out: taal.ph

Visited December 2012
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Manila, Philippines
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“Taal's Heart ; People's Pride”
Reviewed September 17, 2012

Grandest and biggest catholic church in the far east. This church is actually close to my heart. This is not just a simple structure nor a simple tourist spot. Within it , you can actually see the real sense of living. The solemnity and peaceful feeling inside it can definetly uplift and rejuvinate your feeling. This basilica symbolises the faith and beliefs of each and every taaleños. It is run by a very kind hearted priest's and staffs. The people inside this basilica are all nice and very accomodating. This basilica is one of the best place that I'd really like to be at everytime I need somewhere to go to.

Visited September 2012
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