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“A church in need of urgent repairs”
Review of Baclayon Church

Baclayon Church
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Bohol Countryside Full-Day Tour
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Bohol Day Tour with Round-Trip Transfers from Cebu
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Ranked #8 of 106 things to do in Bohol Island
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Owner description: One of the oldest stone churches in the Philippines.
Reviewed 8 August 2014

During my last visit to Bohol Island, Philippines, on one occasion we managed to visit the Baclayon Church. However on arrival to our great disappointment we were met by a young Philippine nun who explained to us the hectic situation of this church in view of the last earthquake which caused very extensive damages to this church. I still say that this place is worth visiting and moreover one can repair to a small souvenir shop run by the same nuns and one will surely purchase a memoriam of this church. One hopes that sufficient funds are available by the local authorities due to the bad state of repair.

2  Thank Martin C
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Reviewed 2 July 2014

The Baclayon Church is one of the oldest church in the Philippines. Parts of it is closed due to restoration caused by damaged of the earthquake in 2013. Even though it was damaged by the earthquake its still worth a visit and I personally think that ruins is part of the attraction. There are some section of it that is still open to the public and you can still light a candle and pray. Do drop money in donation boxes to help rebuild the church. The museum have very interesting collections of religious objects however you are not allowed to take pictures in it. Outside there is that pillar where if you take a picture an image is evident. But I can barely distinguish it.

1  Thank muzinger
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Reviewed 3 June 2014

The Church of Baclayon is one of the oldest churches in the Philippines.

Some 200 native forced laborers constructed the church from coral stones, which they took from the sea, cut into square blocks, and piled on to each other. They used bamboo to move and lift the stones in position, and used the white of a million eggs as to cement them together. The current building was completed in 1727. The church obtained a large bell in 1835. In the Baclayon church is a dungeon, which was used to punish natives who violated the rules of the Roman Catholic church. taken from http://www.bohol.ph/article8.html

It was heavily damaged after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit leaving the church in ruins. Although damage was to the facade of the church the altar and the mirrors still remains.

The museums kept intact old artifacts and statues of saints that were not damged from the earthquake. Images of the old church before it was destroyed showed how beautiful it was. A fee of 50 Php is asked for visitors for the rehabilitation of the church.

All help is needed to repairs and restoration of the church.

1  Thank Luv2Viaje
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Reviewed 20 May 2014

The Earthquake pretty much made it difficult to appreciate the church. It isn't being used for mass anymore because parts of the wall cracked.

The museum is okay but after visiting the museum at San Agustin, this one doesn't compare.

Do drop by and make a donation though so that the church can be restored.

1  Thank Leland_DLC
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Reviewed 14 May 2014

Pretty upset that the front of the church has been so damaged by the earthquake. You can't take that pretty picture of the whole church. However, the insides of the church looks beautiful with the alter and the coloured windows! Still a must to visit when you're in Bohol :)

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