CHURCH-HOP­PING IN ILOILO

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - PROPERTY - By Din Vil­la­fuerte @INQ_Prop­erty

Be­ing a pre­dom­i­nantly Catholic coun­try, the Philip­pines has a trea­sure trove of churches which are ex­cep­tion­ally built, and fea­ture eye-catch­ing de­tails. We take a look at just a few of Iloilo’s breathtaking beau­ties.

MIAG-AO CHURCH

The 220-year-old Church of Saint Thomas of Vil­lanova—com­monly known as the Miag-ao Church—is in­cluded in Unesco’s list of World Her­itage Sites. One’s sure to get awestruck with the church’s re­lief sculp­ture on its façade which has a uniquely Philip­pine touch.

Re­sem­bling a fortress, Mi­a­gao Church was built us­ing adobe and lime­stone, giv­ing it its cream and light brown color. It also fea­tures two bell tow­ers built on each side of the church. One bel- fry is three storeys high while the other is two storeys high.

The church has also earned the dis­tinc­tion of be­ing one of the best ex­am­ples of Baroque churches in the coun­try.

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