Baclayon Church (La Purisima Concepcion de la Virgen Maria Parish Church)

Old Churches is one of the reasons why I wanted to visit Bohol.  I've been to Ilocos and I've seen some of the old churches there, so I searched for one province that has a lot, and Bohol is one of them. The church was completed in 1727 with many renovations after that. (Pictures were taken before the October 2013 earthquake)
Baclayon Church's Bell Tower and Convent
Also called The Immaculate Concepcion of the Virgin May Parish Church is one of the oldest churches in the country.  Like most of the old churches in the Philippines that suffered from World War II, this one is not an exception.  It was damaged during the War but was later restored.  It's currently in the restoration process when an earthquake struck Bohol in October 2013. 
Church's convent that houses a small museum for religious artifacts
The church was declared a National Cultural Treasure in 2010, but prior to that, it was also declared in 1994 as the National Historical Landmark. It's also being considered for the addition to the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Church's nave and altar
One of the church's retablos
The church is made of coral stones and has a shape of a cross and has three retablos.  The big one is at the center and two small ones on both sides. In the watchtower are the the original six out of the nine bells from 1880 to 1894.  The seventh bell (1886) is in the church museum, and the eight bell (1872) was given to the newly found parish of Corella.
Church's choir loft
Church facade
Image of Padre Pio on one of the buttresses
Next to the church is the old convent, which houses a small museum.  We were not able to see the museum because it's closed when we went there. The church is also known for an apparent image of Padre Pio of Pietrelcina. A face of a bearded man is apparent in one of the buttresses near the tower and it resembles the saint.  I tried so hard to recognize the face but I can't until now.  Or maybe, I just don't know what angle to look.
Statue located in the mini park near the ocean
The church is locating facing the sea, giving you a relaxing ambiance.  There's also a mini park right after you cross the road beside the sea.


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