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Sunday, December 17, 2006

Cabatuan Church: The Model of Temples



Cabatuan Church is one the most popular tourist destination in Iloilo. It is Tuscanic in style with baroque and neoclassic elements. Perhaps one might feel the Italian essence with Cabatuan Church's architectural design.

Worthy of its title, 'The Model of Churches' Cabatuan is a grand church that was built to satisty the European taste.

Why did El Eco de Panay gave the church the title 'Model of Temples'?
According to accounts, Cabatuan Church, one the best representation of European Architecture in the Philippines was built with six belfries and three facades, its design is a complex structure which may be associated with majestic European Basilicas. In the early 1900's, Cabatuan Church was included in an international guidebook. In the 1948 earthquake, the church lost four belfries, the central dome and the pediments of the eastern and western facades.

The church of Cabatuan is the only extant church in the Island of Panay which has Three Facades. Much has been restored in the early 1990's. Today, Cabatuan church is one of the picturesque churches in the Philippines.

This is a legacy that we Cabatuananon can be proud of. We should be proud that Cabatuan Church is the Philippines' Model of Temples.

for more information please visit: Cabatuan Roman Catholic Church Website

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