No tourist trip to Bohol would be complete without visiting Baclayon Church or to give it the proper title “The Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception”, and considered to be one of the oldest churches in the Philippines.
The Church dominates the surrounding landscape. A large tower at the front of the building served a duel purpose as both Bell and Watch Tower.
Constructed out of coral, cut by local artisans into square blocks. It is said that the whites of a million eggs were mixed with lime to cement the coral stones together. I am not sure who counted the eggs but the mixture seemed to do an excellent job.
The inner facade of the church is Classically inspired. While the outer facade dates to the early 1900’s, added by the Recollects, is a portico decorated by three arches.
Annexed to the Church is the museum, housing historical religious artifacts and antiquities, dating back to the 16th century. The building is a great example of Colonial Spanish design and while a little rickety in places, seems to have withstood the test of time. Please note taking of pictures inside the museum is not allowed.
The church does not date back to 1595 as often claimed. The Philippines Heritage Conservation Society issued the following statement on this matter:
I advise you to research Baclayon Church on the internet before you visit. There is a lot to read about and you will get a much better insight than that given by the typical tour guide. (Just Google Baclayon Church, Bohol)
I found my trip to Baclayon Church informative and enjoyable. I made my own way there, so was not constrained by the tight schedule of the normal Day Tour Brigade.
It’s a pleasing tourist spot and well worth visiting. Opposite the church is Baclayon Pier and a small park offering a great sea view. Why not pack a picnic and spend a few hours at this great location.
Baclayon lies approximately 6kms East of Tagbilaran City and is easily accessible using public transport from Tagbilaran City Center. Its on the regular Jeepney and bus routes. You should be able to haggle with a tricycle driver to secure a good round trip rate as well.
If you plan on walking, its a very straightforward journey. While there are many roadside Sari Sari stores always remember to carry a bottle of water with you. The road to the most part offers no real natural shade and its kinda of hot here.
Take some time out and visit “The Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception”, Baclayon.