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    The UNESCO World Heritage Church of Sta. Maria Ilocos Sur

    Located on a hill overlooking the town of Santa Maria, Ilocos Sur and surrounded by a defensive wall, the imposing Church on a hilltop can be reached via hill side steps or by a service road with entrance at the back of the brick structure designed to Augustinians to withstand earthquakes.

    santa maria church ilocos surno lens wide enough for Tutubi to take a full frontal photo of Sta. Maria Church's facade so this one would do. tip: visit it in the early morning as the church is facing east or late afternoon
    nuestra senora de la asuncion churchthe interi0r of the church is unmistakeably baroque with the usual four gospel writers, pulpit and gold-leaf decorated retablo (tableau)

    Original church structure by Augustinians as a chapel in 1769 with patron Our Lady of Assumption (Nuestra Señora de la Asuncion). The present stone and brick church was built in 1810 as stated on the NHI marker on the church facade. It's presently undergoing restoration and structural support repair to make it last for posterity.

    unesco church of sta. maria ilocos surmassive buttresses line the church walls to support it in case of earthquakes

    bell tower santa maria church ilocos surthe church bell tower a few feet away from the main church structure

    What makes Sta. Maria Church unique is that it is a UNESCO World Heritage site, one of the four Baroque Churches of the Philippines (the three others are San Agustin Church Manila, Miag-ao Church in Iloilo and San Agustin Church (Paoay Church) in Ilocos Norte). The church has remarkable universal value that should be preserved for the benefit of mankind.

    Sporting the earthquake baroque architecture distinguished by it's massive buttresses to withstand earthquakes common in the Philippines and a belfry separate from the main church so as not to "bang heads" with each other during temblors.

    Tutubi intends to visit the other two UNESCO World Heritage Baroque Churches someday. He missed Paoay Church during his Ilocos tour in 2003 but will surely won't the next time

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    posted by GingGoy @ 8:01 PM,


    At Feb 3, 2011, 10:32:00 AM, Blogger Resty Odon said...

    why cant restore the broken bricks and replace them with unsightly cement? magkano lang ba ang bricks? makapagdonate nga

    At Feb 6, 2011, 12:19:00 PM, Anonymous Event Lover said...

    i think the reason why they can't renovate it because they want to treasure the history of the place ..

    At Feb 9, 2011, 1:53:00 PM, Anonymous Aparana Chauhan said... confused is the church in Philippines.

    At Feb 13, 2011, 3:07:00 PM, Anonymous Alcohol Rehab Asia said...

    It looks absolutely stunning, I will have to visit on my next trip to the Philippines.

    At Feb 21, 2011, 1:07:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    been to sta maria church twice...first i have a lousy camera... the second it was raining... ive seen all the churches of UWHS and this one is by far (in my opinion) the the best preserved without making it look like it had a terrible facelift... the white concrete on a brick facade i do not understand also.

    At Sep 14, 2011, 7:43:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Wow!that was amazing


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