The Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception or commonly known as the Baclayon Church in Baclayon, Bohol is the second oldest stone church in the Philippines and it firmly stands as a proof to the boholano’s devotion to their faith. Constructed on 1717 by the native people of Baclayon, it was exquisitely made from coral stones and was cemented using the white of over millions of eggs.
The interior of the church is abundant with eye-catching displays like the crystal chandelier, altar with gold-decorated carvings, silver tabernacle, life-size statues, which date back to the early 16th century. The church is surrounded with stone edifices that were added way back in the 19th century by the Augustinian Recollects.
Staying inside the church gives me a feeling of being protected. For a church lover like me (did I mention that adventuroj is also a long time altar server?), the peace and security I get whenever I am at the House of God is just irreplaceable.
Baclayon Church History Marker
Baclayon Church history, with the historical marker installed by the National Historical Institute (NHI), now National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP)
Housed inside the old convent adjacent to the church is the museum, with other centuries-old stone buildings such as the belfry, hermita and elementary school also nearby.
Baclayon Museum hours
- Monday to Saturday:
- 8.30am – 11.45am, 1.30pm – 4.45pm (11.45am – 1.30pm CLOSED)
- 9.30am – 11.45am, 1.30pm – 4.15pm (11.45am – 1.30pm CLOSED)
Museum Entrance Fee:
- Entry into the Baclayon Church is free.
- Entry into the church museum is Php 50 per person.
Bohol Travel Tip:
The wharf in front of Baclayon Church is also the same where you can catch boats that can take you to Pamalican Island (famous for dolphin watching and the Punta Cruz Watchtower, at a cheap price, instead of renting your own boat that can set you back not less than PhP1000.00)
More AdventuRoj Adventures in Bohol
- By the Beach at Panglao, Bohol
- At Bohol Dauis Church
- Bohol Loboc River Cruise
- Bohol Tarsier Encounter
- Thrilling Chocolate Hills
- Biggest Bohol Python Snake named Prony
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