Sunday, April 11, 2010

World Heritage Sites In The Philippines - BAROQUE CHURCHES

Out of the hundreds (maybe thousands) of Catholic churches we have in the Philippines, four baroque churches are included on the UNESCO World Heritage List, and I’m so grateful I was able to visit all of them.

The churches’ unique architectural style is a reinterpretation of European Baroque by Chinese and Philippine craftsmen. These structures were able to exhibit an important interchange of human values, over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world, on developments in architecture or technology, monumental arts, town-planning or landscape design, and are outstanding example of a type of building, architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates significant stages in human history.

These are:
1. San Agustin Church, Walled City of Intramuros, Manila
2. Nuestra Señora de la Asuncion, Santa Maria, Ilocos Sur
3. San Agustin Church, Paoay, Ilocos Norte
4. Sto. Tomas De Villanueva Church, Miag-ao, Iloilo
 
San Agustin Church, Intramuros, Manila


Nuestra Señora de la Asuncion Church, Santa Maria, Ilocos Sur


San Agustin Church, Paoay, Ilocos Norte


 
Sto. Tomas De Villanueva Church, Miag-ao, Iloilo
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