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10 October 2013

Baclayon Church and Museum

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. 

Bacalayon Church
The church also have a small museum old religious relics. It was disappointing because photography is not allowed but I understand. The museum keeps different artifacts and antiques that can be damaged by the flash of the camera. 


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


Wishing Well

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. 


Church Altar


Painted ceiling


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.


Pulpit

Hall of the Baclayon Church

Well-designed altar of Bacalayon Church

Anyone who is to find Christ must first find the church. How could anyone know where Christ is and what faith is in him unless he knew where his believers are? - Martin Luther 





31 comments:

  1. The appearance of historic churches fascinates me. I hope our government will preserve them in the best way they can.

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  2. Lots of history in this post! Thanks for sharing this, Bohol is on my list of places to visit, hopefully next time I come home I'd be able to go. :)

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  3. That is one very beautiful church. I would love to be there and soak in all the richness of art, history and if walls could talk, it would spill all that it witnessed in history. Not to mention the spiritual aspect of visiting old churches too...

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  4. I would love to see this church . I hope it can be preserved so that more people can see its beauty.

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  5. ii would love to explre places like this in philippines at lest i am happy to know that hey have this rich individuals who is helping them

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  6. I love the details inside the church!

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  7. I know how you feel.Even here,photography is not allowed inside museums and sometime I don't take any photo inside the church to respect people.

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  8. I love the photos especially the staircase down. I have never heard of this church but it looks like a very cool place to visit!

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  9. Uy Baclayon Church in Bohol. That is on my travel list next year!! I love old churches and praying that I'll be able to visit it and other places there!! Keeping my fingers crosssed! Love the photos!

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  10. Ang galing ng interior ng church. I got curious about the sstuffs inside the museum. If ever I visit the place, ito yung unang pupuntahan ko.

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  11. I love 9old churches, it represents the rich history of our religion.

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  12. One day, I will be able to visit Bohol and will keep this church in mind to see.

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  13. That's a great musuem to visit in Bohol. i can see the old structures and how they keep the place so great.

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  14. What a historical church to pray and thanks GOD for all the wonderful blessings that comes in our lives. I been to Bohol but only in the island of Panhahon :-) My best friend lives is Bohol and hope to explore more of Bohol someday :-)

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  15. Thank you so much for sharing these photos and something about Bohol. I have always wanted to visit Bohol and never been there before. Maybe the next time we go back to Pinas, I will encourage my husband to visit Bohol. :) Beautiful photos!

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  16. I'll keep this place in mind. We are planning to take the kids to Bohol next summer. :-)

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  17. I love old churches! They are very beautiful!

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  18. Old churches are beautiful. I really want to have my dream wedding in one.

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  19. I remember this Church, it's one of the churches I visited together with my mom when I accompany her to visit Bohol Churches.
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  20. I've been to Baclayon church and saw the image of Father Pio on its outside walls. Amazing.

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  21. When we visited Bohol, we were able to go to Baclayon church also but we were not able to go in.

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  22. So love the pictures.

    I'm not a Boholano but I know a few and it makes me proud that Bohol doesn't only have Chocolate Hills and amazing beaches to offer!

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  23. I've seen the church and I feel sad that part of the church was damaged by the quake yesterday.

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  24. I would rather comment on the Martin Luther's statement at the end of this post. The church itself if the people who have a strong faith of the Lord, who worship Christ and the Heavenly Father above anything else.

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  25. Very nice church! We had just visited Baclayon this August and we're sad that now it's ruined! Oh no.

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  26. I really cried when our old churches (Baclayon included) fell. I felt even worse when I found out that damage could have been prevented. As matters stand though, the earthquake has happened and I'm still thankful that the death tolls was not too extensive.

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  27. Like the others, it's quite a sad thing to see this building partly damaged...glad that you have photos of it and the insides too to share....thank you!

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  28. It also fascinated me the beauty of that church. Although there are some creepy parts out there.. whoah! i miss our province.

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  29. I was able to visit baclayon Church once. Sayang at nasira sya ng recent earthquake.

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  30. This will be one of those many in my bucket list.

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  31. It's great to see photos of the Baclayon Church. I haven't been here but I'm saddened that I'll never have the chance to see this in personal.

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