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Baclayon Church, Bohol Island

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The second oldest church in the Philippines, Baclayon Church was founded in 1596 and is a National Historical Landmark. Though it was established in the 16th century, the current stone structure as you see it today was not completed until 1727. Unfortunately, a 2013 earthquake caused a lot of damage to the site. However, it is still standing and holds many significant religious relics. It is also known for its striking 19th-century Baroque and Neoclassical pulpit. Before you head to Bohol Island, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Bohol Island trip builder, to make sure you see all that Bohol Island has to offer, including Baclayon Church.
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  • Nice to visit to understand how the church comes about. There is an entrance fee of 50 Peso per person.  more »
  • At Baclayon, on the seashore, there is a Stone Church dedicated to Imaculada, the oldest Cathedral in Bohol, founded by a Jesuit at the end of ' 600 and terminated in current architecture in 1727. The Cathedral is in the process of reconstruction after the earthquake of 2013 that has ruined the Bell Tower, crumbled the façade, and rendered impracticable the Interior with very original and a central altar cross beyond every style known, consisting of 3 or 4 levels of niches with statues. A giant poster on the side of the façade, renovated along with the Bell Tower, shows how things were before and after the earthquake. You can visit the Museum with old vestments, votive statues, and religious things. All in all 4 balls deserves.
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  • Only church in the countryside tour, it is probably the better one to visit because of the history. You can take photo outside and inside the church. There is also a simple museum you can see.  more »
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  • Their used to be an impossing structure dominating this site. Now its just a ruin serving as a reminder of that fateful day sometime in October 2013. But the structure is being rebuilt, slowly but steady with the helping hands of the Baclayon community, this structure will impose its might again! Update: The tower has been rebuilt! They are now applying the final touches for the facade
  • The best preserved jesuit church in asia. Sad though that they had to do some renovations due to the earthquake but still, the church will take you back in history
  • This is amazing! Currently under restoration but still gorgeous . Museum on site - huge history, church made out of coral shells. If you are as impressed as I was - donations for the restoration are gratefully accepted. There is a souvenir shop on site run by. Nun. This is a must do stop in Bohol.
  • A must visit if you are into old churches. There is also a historic monument called the "blood compact" which is just near by.
  • Still under renovation after earthquake of 2013. Original tableaus. "Philipini-spaniard" design