January 14, 2009

Elevated circle

Aside from Claret School, the Claretian Missionaries also have one parish in Quezon City: the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish. The school and the church are beside each other. In fact, before the church was built, Masses for the community were held in the school's small chapel. I can't find any information about the church, but I remember (somewhat vaguely because I was still a kid then) that when it was constructed in the 1970s, the elevated, circular design was considered unique and people who saw it invariably went ooh-ing and ahh-ing. The church is still a work-in-progress after all these years, probably because construction expenses are paid for only by donations. The ground floor has the parish office and several chapels for holding wakes.

Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Quezon City

19 comments:

Olivier said...

belle architecture, j'aime bien la statue avec l'enfant.
beautiful architecture, I like the statue with the child.

Lois said...

I know this sounds funny but it reminds me a little bit of Space Mountain at DisneyWorld! I like the statue in the front.

Reena said...

ah. eto pala yung napuntahan ko, and not the school sa previous post mo. i went here once to visit the wake of a college friend. tnx for this info. :)

nino said...

Nice meeting you, too, Hilda.

I used to live in one of the houses behind Claret School. It was just a tricycle and jeepney ride away from UP Diliman where I used to work.

Thanks for visiting and posting a comment on my blog. :-)

Halcyon said...

Sounds a bit like the Gaudi cathedral in Barcelona. It's still a work in progress and who knows if it will ever be finished.

The building does look neat, but not sure if it still produces ooohs and ahhhhs in today's times.

Jarart said...

It looks so pretty with the lush green landscape.

George said...

Very pretty. I've seen a couple of churches with similar architecture here in the U.S.

Frankie / Nick said...

Certainly a unique building surrounded by a very pretty setting with he lush trees and greenery.

Tash said...

I like round buildings - something very primal and just "human" about them. The statue IS really lovely.

Babooshka said...

It is so pretty surrounded by all the foliage.

Jackie said...

That's a lovely building. I'm just enjoying the leaves on your trees, as we don't have any leaves here at the moment! (actually I'm going to post a picture of leafy trees tomorrow as I'm tired of the constant winter!).

Ruby said...

Hey, your churches have *nice* statues. I'm jealous!
There's something nice about the idea of a round church, I'm not sure why but it does appeal!

Ken Mac said...

oohh, I love that building!

Abraham Lincoln said...

Round churches offer no corners in which to hide. I guess. Nice photos.

Pam said...

I enjoy viewing your blog. You have a beautiful eye for taking pictures! Thank you Hilda for your kind remarks. Happy regards, Pam

Laurie said...

What a cool building!

Hilda said...

Halcyon:
Nope. Not much ooh-ing and ahh-ing for this church anymore here either.

angela said...

Work in progress...sounds like my house!

Great shot with all that greenery softening the edges of the building and that statue is so soft and lovely.

crossbow said...

If I remember clearly, I think a famous architect named Locsin designed the Church but I maybe wrong.

check it for me Hilda will you

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