Hello there! Taal, Batangas housed the largest church in the Southeast Asia. Taal Basilica also known as Basilica Menor de San Martin de Tours, with the length of 88.6 meters (291 ft), width of 48 meters (157 ft) , It is certainly the biggest in the Philippines and in Asia.
This magnificent ‘larger than life’ historical monument is named after the patron saint of Taal, Saint Martin de Tours, whose fiesta is celebrated every November 11th. The Basilica’s size and Baroque façade is awe-inspiring. Its extraordinary structure is even more captivating with the addition of dome ceilings hand painted with intricate detail. Perhaps the most outstanding element is the illuminating altar wall made with shinning sterling silver and gold, symbolizing the sacred liberation of the tabernacle.- Taal.ph
Outside the Basilica of St. Martin of Tours is a beautiful sight of a huge old church, a large bell , Saint Martin de Tours statue and a garden plaza with lots of trees plus an ample parking space for the church goers.
The Basilica is a very prominent structure as it is sitting on top of a hill, making it visible in most part of the town proper and its neighboring town.
Rochelle, Andrea and Aira during our visit in Taal Basilica. The bell on diplay is one ordered cast by Fr. Manuel Cruz Poblacion, parish priest in 1840.
Photo Credit: Doree Punzalan
A Huge Statue of Saint Martin de Tours
On the left side of the church is a classic vintage look where other church activities are being held like car/vehicle blessing.
Impressive dome ceiling with intricate detail.
This picture was taken during the Golden Wedding Anniversary of our relative, Tito Franco and Tita Amphy in front of the altar.
This passageway to the Blessed Sacrament will bring you back to the Spanish era.
The Blessed Sacrament located at the back of the church
The church has place for other religious gatherings and/or activities.
In April 4, 2017, the Basilica was damaged by a 5.5 earthquake that struck Tingloy, Batangas. The Basilica was significantly damaged again caused by twin earthquakes (magnitudes 5.6 and 6.0) that struck the neighboring towns of Mabini and Taysan that occurred on April 8. The National Historical Commission of the Philippines is undertaking some precautionary measures in order to preserve the Basilica.
Address: Calle Marcel Agoncillo, Taal, Batangas, Philippines
Administration: Archdioces of Lipa
Heritage designation: National Historical Landmark
If you are planning to visit Taal, the Basilica is a must visit not only of its structure and history but also a quite place for praise and worship.
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God bless everyone!