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Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery, Laguna Province
(4.1/5 based on 20+ reviews on the web)
The Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery is a national historical landmark and museum in Barangay Bambang, Nagcarlan, Laguna supervised by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines. It was built in 1845 under the supervision of Franciscan priest, Fr. Vicente Velloc as a public burial site and its underground crypt exclusively for Spanish friars, prominent town citizens and members of elite Catholic families. It is dubbed as the only underground cemetery in the country.HistoryEstablishment of the Underground CemeteryFr. Vicente Velloc supervised the establishment of a cemetery in Nagcarlan in 1845 below Mt. San Cristobal. Unlike the traditional Spanish cemeteries at that time, Fr. Velloc decided to build it away from the town's center. The cemetery is planned to serve as a public resting place for the people of the town while the underground chamber below the chapel of the cemetery will only house remains of Spanish friars and prominent people. It was built together with the construction of the expanded St. Bartholomew Parish Church and rectory. The cemetery is built with a chapel where funeral masses was held and directly below it is an underground crypt.As Meeting Place during the RevolutionDuring the Philippine Revolution, the cemetery served as a meeting place of revolutionary leaders of the Katipunan in 1896. Pedro Paterno and Gen. Severino Taiño of the "Maluningning" command held a meeting at the cemetery where they planned the historic Pact of Biak-na-Bato in 1897. It also served as hideout for Filipino leaders during the Philippine-American War and of guerillas in World War II.
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TripAdvisor
  • Granted, I had high expectations for this attraction. I was excited to though an underground passage leading to a crypt. The facade looked great, with the old walls and green lawn just as you enter. T...  more »
  • I have been longing to visit this place since the time i learned from it in school way way back then, that most awaited date happened last Nov. 30, 2016. We first went to St Bartolomew Church then pas...  more »
  • Astonished. Awestruck. That's my feeling when I arrived at the Cemetery. You wouldn't think that the place is a cemetery, it looks like a plaza. So clean well maintained. You wouldn't see any trash or...  more »
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  • This is a Must Visit! If you are looking for a thrill don't get too excited to visit this place.The place was clean as if you are looking at a park not a cemetery. The tombstones around the park are clean and some are newly painted except for the tombstones that are placed in the underground, those are preserved from its color.
  • It's very very small inside, but it's cold underground. You'll notice that some of the people who are buried there lived for almost, or more than 100 years old. Quite fascinating.
  • Historical place
  • 在斑駁的建築中,保留了過去精心設計的建築藝術。是一處由教堂與地下墓園構成的風景。建築主體佔地不大,地下墓園的空間也很小,不是很壯觀、瑰麗的旅遊名勝,但如果經過附近,仍然值得前往遊覽。