Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Baroque Churches of the Philippines

Four wonderful baroque churches are part of this site

Church of Saint Augustine
This postcard was sent by Jan

The Saint Augustine Church (SpanishIglesia de San Agustín de Paoay), commonly known as the Paoay Church, is the Roman Catholic church of the municipality of PaoayIlocos Norte in the Philippines. Completed in 1710, the church is famous for its distinct architecture highlighted by the enormous buttresses on the sides and back of the building.
Paoay church is the Philippines' primary example of a Spanish colonial earthquake baroque architecture dubbed by Alicia Coseteng, an interpretation of the European Baroque adapted to the seismic condition of the country through the use of enormous buttresses on the sides and back of the building. The adaptive reuse of baroque style against earthquake is developed since many destructive earthquakes destroyed earlier churches in the country. Javanese architecture reminiscent of Borobudur of Java can also be seen on the church walls and facade. - in: wikipedia

Church of Santo Tomas de Villanueva
This postcard was sent by Cristina

The Miagao Church, also known as the Church of Santo Tomas de Villanueva, stands on the highest point in the town of MiagaoIloilo. The church's towers served as lookouts against Muslim raids and it is the finest surviving example of 'Fortress Baroque'. The sumptuous facade epitomizes the Filipino transfiguration of western decorative elements, with the figure of St Christopher on the pediment dressed in native clothes, carrying the Christ Child on his back, and holding on to a coconut palm for support. The entire riotously decorated facade is flanked by massive tapering bell towers of unequal heights. - in: wikipedia

The four churches (in red what I have):

  • Church of the Immaculate Conception of San Agustin (Manila)
  • Church of La Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion
  • Church of San Agustin (Paoay)
  • Church of Santo Tomas de Villanueva

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