Mar 21, 2011

Bohol Capitol Building and Baclayon Church

Bohol Capitol Building
The Provincial Capitol building is of typical Spanish design with arcs and columns featuring the front façade. It bears traces of an older building, the casa real, built during Spanish times. It lies just across the Plaza Rizal.
Baclayon Church 
Just a six kilometres away from Tagbilaran City in Bohol Province PH is the Baclayon Church, second oldest stone church in the Philippines (the oldest is San Agustin Church, in Real Street, Intramuros, Manila, built in 1571). From Tagbilaran, you can get a jeepney or bus ride bound for Baclayon. You may also hire a tricycle in Tagbilaran to bring you there.

The Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception in Baclayon (Baclayon Church) is still intact and houses important relics and images reminiscent of the historic Roman Catholic religion.
Brief History. “In 1717 Baclayon was raised to the status of a parish. Thus construction on a new church (the Baclayon Church of today) began. The construction of the Baclayon Church required Over 200 local labourers (obras pias) are forced to construct the church. These artisans hauled coral stones from the sea, then skilfully cut them into square blocks, lifted the work using bamboo to move the stones into position, and piled them like bricks. About a million egg whites were used as a cement to put cut coral stones together. This was a testament to the great skill of these native artisans. The Baclayon Church was completed in 1727 and a large bell was added in 1835. The church building had a dungeon where violators of Roman Catholic Law were punished. Filipino natives were its usual occupants.”

Photos are courtesy of LeeWay.

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