Baclayon Church 1727
I have been unable to post new entries here as often as I’d wanted as the wife and I have actually been on the road since September 6 which brought us to Singapore, Puerto Princesa in Palawan and the province of Bohol. Unfortunately, on-off internet connection in the hotels where we stayed was common. Tonight is our last night here in Panglao Island, Bohol and as luck would have it, internet connection was restored and I just had to post something lest viewers lose interest in my photoblog.
So, let me share with you one of the most visited sites in Bohol… an old church.
I find old churches intriguing and mystifying. Its sense of history undeniably contributes to its allure having witnessed how life was for hundreds of years…
Located about 6 kilometers East of Tagbilaran City, Bohol is the town of Baclayon, where one finds the Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception also known as the Baclayon Church. It is considered to be one of the oldest churches in the Philippines. Made of coral stones, it is one of the best-preserved Jesuit-built churches in the region, although in the 19th century the Augustinian Recollects added a modern facade and a number of stone buildings around it.
Completed in 1727, native Boholanons (mostly forced laborers) constructed the church from sea coral stones, cut into square blocks and piled one on top of another. They used bamboo to move and lift the stones into position, and used the egg white of a million eggs to cement them together.
A dungeon said to be used to punish natives who violated the rules of the Roman Catholic church can be found in the church.