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Iconic Places of Worship


The Philippines, with the largest Catholic population in Asia, observes the Visita Iglesia tradition during Holy Week. Beyond religious significance, many visit these historic churches for their architectural beauty. Dating back to Spanish colonization, these structures are preserved, though visitors are reminded to respect their sanctity.

San Agustin Church

These colonial-era churches, scattered across the Philippine archipelago, are not just places of worship, but also historical and architectural treasures. One of the most famous examples is the San Agustin Church in Intramuros, Manila, which was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built in the 16th century, this church is a stunning example of Spanish colonial architecture, with its thick walls, intricately carved wooden doors and beautiful baroque interior.

Paoay Church

Another notable church is the Paoay Church in Ilocos Norte, known for its distinct architecture characterized by massive buttresses that support the structure against earthquakes. This church, built in the 18th century, is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a testament to the ingenuity of Filipino artisans and craftsmen during the Spanish colonial period.

Beyond their architectural significance, these churches also hold cultural and historical importance for Filipinos. Many of them have witnessed significant events in Philippine history, such as revolutions, wars, and declarations of independence. As such, they serve as tangible links to the country’s past and are revered not only by Catholics but also by Filipinos of other faiths as symbols of national identity and heritage.

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