the country's replica of the St. Peter's basilica facade in Rome is the church of San Martin de Tours in Taal Batangas. one would not expect a church this size in a relatively small town of Taal. three hours bus ride from Manila leads to this sleepy plaza and a church considered to be one of the biggest in the country, if not the biggest. built first in 1575 but was destroyed after the eruption of Mt. Taal and was rebuilt several times until 1876.when one gets to see its interior, one won't find it impressive as it has old red tile flooring. plain ceiling from the entrance. but not when you reach the main altar's ceiling. it is grand!in the Philippines, no church seems to be too big as the number of church goers fill the place on Sundays. not sure though with this one as a town relatively small for this big church. the twelve large and high pillars of its facade somehow symbolizes that its new structure will withstand earthquake. as it was destroyed by a a killer quake in 1849. one can easily find a good vantage point as the church facade is picturesque in many angles. when one zooms in their lens to the pillar holders, one will notice its intricate layers. St. Martin de Tours church or simply Taal church can be accessed via Cavite passing through Tagaytay or through the South Luzon Expressway via the town of Lipa and Cuenca. in this trip we took the bus bound for Lemery Batangas and just tell the bus conductor to drop you at the Taal plaza. expect vendors to be selling these peanuts and bucayo. not bad for a pasalubong.eskapo rate:
church facade: 4.5
church interior: 3.5
church plaza: 3.0
church location: 4.0
historical background: 4.0
note: winners of the contest in the previous post will be announced at the end of the Taal series.
These are magnficent structures but that is not why i am here. I am awed by the wisdom in your comment the final line->because in the end it’s not religion that will save us eternally, but who we are to our creator.
It's amazing how this church survived so many disasters.
what a grand architecture! and the interior is marvelous. thanks for taking us inside and the story.
beautiful church! nice shots =)
yun pala ang replica... jijijii... galing naman...
You're right, not until you reach the altar, you'd be blown away by its beauty. I've never been there but I had the first glimpse when I saw it from an old movie. We have so many beautiful (Catholic) churches in the Philippines. =)
Wow, meron pala tayong version ng St.Peter's Basilica. Divine!
One of the oldest church in our country, it's really amazing.
wow, the churches in the philippines are really architectural marvels. i hope they survived the times so the next gen of bloggers (wink) can feature them too.
ay ang ganda naman niyan, it looks so old yet beautifully old.
meron palang ganyan kalaki at kagandang churh jan sa taal. mukhang luma na nga sya tingnan sa labas pero napawow ako ng makita ko ung picture mo sa loob.
I've passed by this church years ago and was already impressed with its sheer size. Looking at your interior shots, I now know what a truly grand opportunity I've missed!
i like the interior...
very nice shots
It's hard to take in a church that size. Amazing. Your photos are always beautiful. Thanks.
i've passed this church a couple of times and didn't realize how huge this church is. amazing photos, you've shown us how grand it is.
the facade of that church is really awesome lalo na nung hapon na. parang nasa ibang bansa talaga.
Amazing church with splendid facade and interior. I enjoy so much all these interesting images.
My home province, pero di ko alam na replica ng St. Peters Basilica ng Rome. Oh my, nahiya naman ako, :(
such massive structure indeed...architectural wonder
WoW!!! ganda ...tapos Tagaytay pa. Siguro ang sarap magpakasal dyan..LOL
wow... i have been there many times now... hmmm... have you tried Lucban's grotto of Fr. Joey Faller.... maganda dun... if you will respond to this note, please post it on my blog... hehhehe para mabasa ko agad... hehehhe
Nice set of photos. Very impressive...
I was here in the place in October 7, 2006 together with the MIP Photography Group and take a lot of photos. I like the place and would like to visit this place again and again.
I wish I was able to join with you guys...nessight
This is one church I have long been planning to visit. I thought it would be easy for me to do so since it's not that far from Manila, unfortunately, I haven't seen it till now.
At least I caught a glimpse of it from here. Thanks for sharing!
Amazing church's architectural structure may it be its facade and its interior design. Nice shots I hope I can visit and see it for myself. Does the Catholic church still build this kind of architecture nowadays? I doubt it.
yeah, its a big church I guess. I thought ito yung sa Tagaytay pero sa taal pa pala. layo nyan. 3 hours from Manila. so, ilang oras from Tagaytay?
I didn't know that we had a replica of St. Peter's Basilica here, kahit yung facade lang.
Those details of the column are quite interesting.
eto pa lang ata 2nd place na binisita mo na napuntahan ko.. hehehe
I think I've been to this church years ago. Hindi ko lang sure kung ito ba talaga pero sa Batangas din yun, somewhere in Taal and the interior of the church which I am talking about is the same as with the photos here.
I wish I could be with you, Kuya Dong sa ilang travel adventures mo. Hopefully on summer vacation. :D
Interesting church. Ganda nang pagkakagawa.
I agree... a very big and imposing church for such a small town.
i thought it is actually the biggest cathedral in the country?
galing ng photos (clap! clap!) :). mukhang hiyang ka sa Olympus a :)
yung 6th photo parang postcard na nareceive ko from France
heto na ang most awaited dom pics :D
Wow! Gamay na si Fang :D
I like this church pero sana I see active restoration and preservation being done.
talagang replica siya? im happy that it has survived after all these years...
wow ang ganda! gusto ko din makapunta diyan!
soon i go home, the visit in those well-shot churches would be included in my itinerary.
meri xmas dong.
Oh my, your shots are still lovely! the first time I saw this blog I have noticed your greatness while holding your cam, so lovely to think that I am seeing them for real!
Saan ito sa batangas?
Santo Tomas po ba o sa
ang dami talgang mgagandang lugar at masasarap na pagkain sa batangas batangas
im proud to be batangueno
dami tlgang magandang simbahan sa batangas like agoncillo, balete, alitagtag
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