Tuesday, March 23, 2010

My World#63 Basilica of St. Martin de Tours, Taal, Batangas

This is one of the churches that I'd really like to visit again someday soon. It is impressive not only in its size but also in its design inside and outside. I shall post more photos of this church in my next posts.



Basilica of St. Martin , Bishop of Tours is the largest church in Asia, stands 96 meters long and 45 meters wide. The Augustinian Missionaries started construction in 1756, It was destroyed when Taal volcano erupted in 1754 and it took a century for the church to achieve its present form. San Martin de Tours is the patron of Taal, whose feast is celebrated every November 11. Its façade is baroque and consists of a single mass of stone shaped into rich complex designs. The church, however, is a fusion of styles with arched openings, alternating segmental canopies and arches of assymmetric shapes. The church was made into a basilica on December 8, 1954. It was declared a national shrine on January 16, 1974 by a Presidential Decree No. 375.
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Lantaw March 24, 2010 at 2:25 AM  

ang ganda talaga ng church na yan, i hope they do something with the interior, mukhang napabayaan in some parts

Carver March 24, 2010 at 9:14 AM  

That's a beautiful Church and interesting post.

Anonymous March 25, 2010 at 3:59 PM  

I like this post!!!
I'm from a town adjacent to Taal - Sta. Teresita and I studied in the Catholic school beside the Basilica.

lakwatsera de primera March 28, 2010 at 9:58 AM  

I agree with you Lantaw, I was expecting so much more with the interiors of this church. I hope they do some restoration soon.

Oman March 29, 2010 at 5:13 AM  

i like this church and the casaysay church just a walking distance beside it. amazing exterior/facade.

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