Must-Visit Baroque/Historic Churches

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Many churches, especially the Baroque churches, in the Philippines don’t just have a rich history, they also have outstanding architecture. These places of worship are definitely worth a visit.

Albay

• Daraga Church/Nuestra Senora de la Porteria Parish Church (Daraga)

Baguio City

• Baguio Cathedral

Batanes

San Jose de Ivana Church

• Mount Carmel Chapel/Tukon Chapel (Basco)
• San Jose de Ivana Church (Ivana)

Batangas

• Taal Basilica/Minor Basilica of Saint Martin of Tours (Taal – largest church in Philippines & Asia)

Bohol

• Baclayon Church/La Purisima Concepcion de la Virgen Maria Parish Church (Baclayon)

Bulacan

• Barasoain Church/Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish (Malolos)

Cagayan

• Basilica Minore de Nuestra Senora de Piat (Piat)

Cebu

• Boljoon Church/Nuestra Senora del Patrocinio de Maria Parish Church (Boljoon)
• Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral (Cebu City)
• Church of St. Catherine of Alexandria (Carcar City)
• Basilica Minore del Santo Nino (Cebu City)
• St Michael the Archangel Church (Argao)

Ilocos Norte

Santa Monica Church/Sarrat Church

• Bacarra Church (Bacarra)
• Paoay Church/Saint Augustine Church (Paoay – UNESCO World Heritage Site)
• Santa Monica Church/Sarrat Church (Sarrat)

Ilocos Sur

• Bantay Church/Saint Augustine Parish Church (Bantay)
• Santa Maria Church/Church of Our Lady of the Assumption (Santa Maria – UNESCO World Heritage Site)
• Santa Monica Church/Sarrat Church (Sarrat)

Iloilo

• Miagao Church/Santo Tomas de Villanueva Parish (Miagao – UNESCO World Heritage Site)

One of the Philippines’ four baroque churches inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list, Miagao Church is considered the finest example of a fortress baroque church by the UNESCO Convention
Photo: Tourism Promotions Board

 

Laguna

• Liliw Church/Lilio Church/Saint John the Baptist Parish Church (Liliw)
• Paete Church (Paete)
• Pakil Church/Saint Peter of Alcantara Parish Church (Pakil)

Metro Manila

• Church of San Juan del Monte/Santuario del Santo Cristo Parish (San Juan)
• Malate Church/Our Lady of Remedies Parish (Malate)
• Manila Cathedral/Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception (Intramuros)
• Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene/Quiapo Church/Parish of Saint John the Baptist (Metro Manila)
• Minor Basilica & National Shrine of San Lorenzo Ruiz/Binondo Church (Metro Manila)
• Nuestra Senora de Gracia Church/Guadalupe Church (Makati)
• Our Lady of Mount Carmel Shrine (Quezon City)
• Our Lady of the Abandoned (Marikina)
• Paranaque Cathedral/Cathedral Parish of Saint Andrew (Paranaque)
• Pasig Cathedral/Immaculate Conception Cathedral (Pasig City)
• San Agustin Church (Intramuros – UNESCO World Heritage Site)
• San Sebastian Church (Quiapo)
• Santa Clara de Montefalco Parish (Pasig City)
• Santa Cruz Church (Metro Manila)

Mountain Province

• Church of Saint Mary the Virgin (Sagada)

Negros Occidental

• Church of the Angry Christ/Saint Joseph the Worker Chapel (Victorias City)
• San Sebastian Cathedral (Bacolod City)

Pampanga

• Betis Church/Saint James the Apostle Parish Church (Guagua)

Pangasinan

• Saints Peter & Paul Parish Church/Calasiao Church (Calasiao)

Quezon

• Tayabas Basilica/Minor Basilica of Saint Michael the Archangel (Tayabas)

Siquijor

• Lazi Church/San Isidro Labrador Church (Lazi)

Zamboanga del Norte

• Cathedral of Our Lady of The Most Holy Rosary (Dipolog City)
• Saint James Parish Church (Dapitan City)