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Baclayon Church, Bohol Island

Categories: Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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3.5/5 based on 300+ reviews on the web
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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  • This place just sneaks up on you. Hundreds of years old with the artifacts and even old vestments to prove it! A great walk through the museum and church, well worth the time and energy! 
  • During our visit, the Baclayon Church were ordered closed for tourists because they just started the restoration project meant to restore and preserve the beauty of the historic religious place. Howev...  read more »
  • A beautiful church with a lot of history. Both the outside and the inside are partly destroyed by the tsunami. The wonder of this church is, despite the tsunami, is the altar with the images remained intact. Certain parts of the Church see you are still in original condition. Admission is free but a donation is always welcome.
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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!
  • Still under renovation after earthquake of 2013. Original tableaus. "Philipini-spaniard" design
  • Museum tour can be improved. The storytelling is not so good. More than just the artifacts, tourists wanted to know what transpired in the old days, why it happened, and how did it afect the church per se. Aside from the museum, there's a wishing well at the back of the church. Make a wish then ring the bell :)
  • The second oldest church in the Philippines. It's facade was damaged by a magnitude 7+ earthquake in 2014, but restoration is currently ongoing. There is a museum inside the church that houses centuries-old memorabilias and artifacts.
  • Beautiful church. Sad that it got destroyed during the 2013 earthquake.
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