Click on any of the images to see the enlarged copy and narratives of the photo. Batangas Basilica is not easy to miss. Going straight down the main road upon entering the city proper, it can easily be seen in the center of the city. Right in front of it is a spacious well maintained park.
The sorroundings of the church is lined with century old trees that a photo enthusiast had to walk around to find the best angle as the churh is hidden behind lush greens. Even the park across the street is full of trees.
The Basilica's Historical Marker states the following story:
The first church built in 1581 by Father Diego Mojica, Augustinian Pastor of Calapan, Mindoro was dedicated to the Immaculate Conception of our Mother as a Parish. In 1601, the stone foundation was placed for the second church on which the priests had it built from 1682-1721. The convent with artillery placements was built in 1693 as a defense against sea pirates. After 179 years, the church was demolished and rebuilding was led by Fr. Pedro Cuesta in 1851 and inaugurated in 1857. Dedicated as a Basilica Menor on February 13, 1948. Its centennial was celebrated in 1957.
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