But what stays in my mind the most are those beautiful massive churches in this province. Simply remarkable. Here’s some of them:
Molo Church — a combination of Gothic and Renaissance architecture; it is said to be a feminist church because of the presence of several images of women saints lined up in each of its pillars.
Jaro Cathedral — showcases a Romanesque architecture. An interesting feature of this church is its belfry, which is built separately and is located across the street of Jaro Plaza. The stairs attached in front of the cathedral’s facade lead to the Shrine of our Lady of Candles, which is believed to be miraculous and is flocked by devotees.
Noticeable also inside the Jaro Cathedral is the presence of images of male saints all lined up in each of its pillars.
Equally stunning churches also are: St. Joseph Church and Nuestra Señora De La Paz Y Buen Viaje Church which we were able to take a few clicks of.
My personal favorite is the baroque church of Miag-ao. Among the churches I’ve seen in the country, this one is the most unique because of its artistic facade, intricately designed and elaborately decorated.
It is 30-45 minutes away from Iloilo City proper, and the almost heart stopping jeepney ride is all worth it to appreciate this lovely piece of architecture, which surprisingly is my first UNESCO World Heritage Site to ever visit. 🙂
More than the savory Batchoy, I would always remember Iloilo as one of the most impressive provinces in the country in terms of preservation of its old architectures.