Tayabas Basilica (Minor Basilica of Saint Michael Archangel)

This is considered one of the oldest and biggest churches in the country.  Renowned for the having the shape of a key, its aisle is considered the longest in the country. This church was originally established in 1578 and has a lot of renovations, reconstructions and expansions. The church as it stands now was completed in 1894.

When I asked the old lady I met in the bus about the church, she asked me if I want to get married there.  Then explained that people always make a joke that some of the brides want to get married there so that they have enough time to change their mind.  I don't know if that's true, though, I just can imagine how the groom might feel, waiting for her walking down the longest aisle.

It's currently under renovation when I get there, but I really can say it really has the longest aisle in all the churches I've seen. I wanted to take pictures of the whole church, of its key shape, but it's not possible since there's a building beside it.

One of the features of the church is the clock that can be found on the belfry.  It's considered one of the biggest and largest in Asia.  Though, this is not very notable unless you now where it's located.

If you love old churches, this one is a really must visit.  Actually, all of the churches here in Quezon Province is a must visit.

How to Get to Tayabas Church?
From Lucban, Quezon:
Go to the terminal at the public market and get on the jeepney going to Lucena or Tayabas. Keep in mind that this is still a province and the jeepney does not leave until it's full.

For an alternative, you can just walk to where you got off the first time and wait for a jeepney that passes by going to Lucena or Tayabas. Ask the driver to drop you off at the nearest street going to the church. 

From there you can either walk (which I preferred because I like to look at the town), or ride a tricycle going to the church. 

From Lucena City:
Take a jeepney going to Tayabas or Lucban and ask the driver to drop you off at the nearest street going to Tayabas Church.  You can either walk, or ride a tricycle going to the church.  You can actually see the church's belfry from afar so you won't miss it.


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