One of the best features of Bohol tourism is the iconic Baclayon Church. This remarkable tourist attraction has been a favorite for guests and tourists coming to the island. It attracts travelers who are into exploring historical places while learning something new about the site. In addition, this popular place for worship is sacred not only for the Catholics but also to anyone who come to visit the church because of its solemnity and sanctity.
Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary Parish
Baclayon Church or the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary Parish has been damaged to a great extent by magnitude 7.2 earthquake that hit Central Visayas region in October 2013. However, not only Sagbayan suffered in the calamity but also other centuries-old churches including the ones in Maribojoc, Loon, Loay, Loboc, Dauis, and Dimiao. It’s sad to know that these National Cultural Treasures have been damaged by the earthquake while seeing the collapsed bell tower and portico.
What to See Inside the Church
Despite the damage incurred after the strong quake in 2013, Baclayon Church remained a special site for the people and the tourists. Inside, you will witness the integrity of the building although there were reconstructions made to preserve the church. Metal posts were installed so that the structure is reinforced. Good thing the altar remained intact.
The structures were rebuilt into their original forms and the locals never did lose their faith in the natural charm of Bohol. With beautiful yet broken relics, more travelers are choosing Bohol to see impressive sites that were born many centuries before. And that includes the ever-amazing Baclayon Church that continues to amaze people until now.
Ruins Turned Attractions
It is no secret that in Europe, ruins remain attractions for a lot of people. So even the broken relics of centuries-old churches in Bohol became tourist attractions because of their undying charm. Facades may collapse, walls may break, and the ceilings may fall, but the beauty of the structures will remain original and incomparable.
For some trivia, Baclayon Church was built in 1727 by local forced laborers during the Spanish settlement in the Philippines. In other words, it was one of the oldest coral stone churches you will find in the country and in Asia. It’s a Best Preserved Jesuit Built Church that offers a place of worship for Catholics. The coral stones used in building the structure came from the ocean. They cut the stones into squared blocks and piled them until the walls were erected.
Visit Bohol and See Why It Remains Unshaken
With unified efforts to restore the church, the Bohol Restoration Group was successful in raising funds to reconstruct the broken structures. As we all know, Bohol isn’t just a place where natural attractions and beautiful churches are built but also a region where persevering and talented people reside. And with the help of everybody, Baclayon Church together with the other damaged structures, are being preserved to the best that they can. These efforts are aimed at promoting Bohol toursim again despite the tragedy that happened.