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Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Miagao Church, A World Heritage Site

According to History, the present church of Santo Tomas de Villanova was the fourth one to be constructed in Miagao. Earlier churches were said to be burned by the Moro Pirates who ocassionally raided the seaside town. The poblacion was then transfered on top of Takas(Tacas) Hill where a fortress was built to protect the people from the raiders.
Aesthetically, the church isn't just any ordinary structure, it's an explosion of art and extraordinary beauty. The facade is said to be one of the best in the Philippines. Here, elements of Rococo, Churisguresque and Neoclassicism were combined to form a baroque masterpiece. It is noticeable that the artist used different types Filipino Botanicals supported by heavily carved balusters and intricare rococo carvings.
Aside from the facade, the unsymmetrical belfries contribute to the baroque roundness of the fortress. The pyramidal structure of the belfries are distinct features based from Mayan and Aztec Architecture. The church is now recognized as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

14 comments:

THE ANiTOKiD said...

I am truly amazed with your pics kabayan! Talagang maganda! Ala-postcards ang dating nila! And i kid you not!

kc said...

i love the shots! sayang di na kami nakakapagbakasyon sa roxas city. palagi kasi kaming nagyayaya sa iloilo pag andun kami. malapit lang naman kasi eh.. =)

nancy said...

nice pics!!!

Anonymous said...

Great work here! Thanks for sharing such wonderful photos! And without any annoying watermark...

Anonymous said...

Great work here! Thanks for sharing such wonderful photos! And without any annoying watermark...

Iloilo Onfoot said...

thank you very much. I don't really like watermarks as well.. they ruin the photographs... i do appreciate if people would use my pictures but i hope they give me credit as photographer too, just for the effort.

ilongo_in_northern_cali said...

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Anonymous said...

it's not gothic. it's baroque:)

iloilo onfoot said...

ahaha... it's definitely baroque as what I've said on the post. :) it doesn't have any Gothic elements.

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