Bohol has plenty of old churches and one of them is the famous Baclayon Church. It is also known as the Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception. It is not a catholic church until 1717. It was first used by Spanish Jesuit Missionaries.
According to our tour guide, many of these centuries-old things were taken by visitors. So now, they only allow people to go to the museum with a guide. They even put the other stuffs inside the glass cabinets to preserve those things as well.
With everything inside the museum, I felt like the local government can do a lot to preserve them. So much beauty wasted displayed in very inappropriate ways. Again, our guide told us that a rich and well-known individual is helping them to fix the museum and do it something like the Ayala Museum. If that's the case, I'll be back to see the new Baclayon Museum.
|Hall of the Baclayon Museum|
|Way out from the museum|
|Sto Nino at the backyard of the Baclayon Church|
|Side Entrance To Baclayon Church|
The beauty of the church is not limited to the artifacts inside the museum. The structure and architecture of church itself is a real beauty. If you think you can only see painted ceiling and well-designed altar in churches of Italy, well you're wrong.
The people who maintain the church are very strict with the dress code. They don't allow people wearing shorts especially with the ladies. They will lend you a piece of clothe to use as sarong or shawl.
The pulpit was built hundred years ago but it was still there to remind people how the sermons were given during the early days. I am not sure though if the priest still use this till now. But it looks not, don't you think?
The church is full of character and history. The tour guide said that the church don't have funds to do everything that needs to be fixed in the church like the re-painting. Even the small shop at the museum won't make much money to help the church.
Baclayon Church has a lot to share to people visiting it. Even with it's condition now.
|Hall of the Baclayon Church|
|Well-designed altar of Bacalayon Church|
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