June 18, 2014

Coral

One last post about our trip to Bantayan Island (see previous two posts)—the Saints Peter and Paul Parish Church, better known simply as Bantayan Church.
 Bantayan Church The church had already closed for the night when we went to visit, but the caretaker graciously opened it for us when he found out that we had a priest in our group. The parish traces its history back to 11 June 1580 when the Spanish Agustinians established it. The first church was destroyed when the town was attacked by Muslim pirates in 1600. It was rebuilt in the same year but was transferred to the management of secular priests. The current church was constructed in 1839–1863. Unfortunately, the plaque on the wall didn't say what happened to the previous building. 
 Bantayan Church The church's design is typical of other Spanish-era churches in the country. A portion of the roof was damaged by Typhoon Haiyan, but it had been repaired completely by the time we visited. 
 Bantayan Church What makes Bantayan Church unique is the fact that it is made almost entirely of coral. Moss grows easily on them, but I think they just add beauty and interest to the walls.
 Bantayan Church And those walls are thick! I measured myself against the depth of a doorway, and I think the walls are easily six feet deep.

10 comments:

William Kendall said...

I wouldn't have thought coral would be used in such a fashion. I quite like the look of the church.

Al said...

I've never seen a coral building, that one is impressive. That sounds like a great team-building exercise.

Photo Cache said...

wow, coral as building material. i wonder what other buildings still standing in pi where they used coral.

Karl Demetz said...

I've also never seen a coral building, wow, what a surprise!

Bergson said...

a beautifull church in the night

Halcyon said...

How lucky that you got a "private" viewing! Love the simple style too.

cieldequimper said...

That is simply gorgeous and very interesting!

George said...

What a beautiful church. It was nice of the caretaker to allow you to see it. I really like those coral walls.

EG CameraGirl said...

I really like the look of this church's interior! Very attractive.

LOLfromPasa said...

Super shots! Looks an amazing place to visit.