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Wednesday, August 14, 2013


  Basilica de San Martin de Tours, Taal, Batangas Philippines- HERITAGE TOWN

It is considered to be the largest church in the Philippines 
and in Asia, standing 96 metres (315 ft) long and 
45 metres (148 ft) wide. St. Martin of Tours is the 
patron saint of Taal, whose fiesta is celebrated 
every November 11....EL PASUBAT FESTIVAL

Construction of the present church was begun in 1856 by 
Fr. Marcos Anton with Spanish architect Luciano Oliver 
 commissioned to design and manage the construction 
of the new church. Although it was unfinished,
 it was inaugurated in 1865. This huge church was completed
 by Fr. Agapito Aparicio in 1878, adding the main 
altar of Doric style measuring 24 metres (79 ft) high 
and 10 metres (33 ft) wide

In December 8, 1954, the church was relegated into a 
Minor Basilica, the third in the country to be given such honor. 
The church was again restored in 1972 by the 
Taal Quadricentennial Council for the 400th anniversary
 of the town's establishment. By Presidential 
Decree No. 375 on January 16, 1974, the church 
was declared a National Shrine. The damaged belfry 
was later restored in 1990 under the supervision

Another important feature of Taal Basilica is its bell which is 
 considered as one of the largest bell in the country. 
This massive instrument is 19 feet (5.8 m) in circumference 
at the lip, 9.33 feet (2.84 m) around the crown and 6.42 feet
 (1.96 m) in height. During the earthquake of 1942, the 
belfry collapsed and the bell fell from its location damaging 
and silencing it. The king of the bell, as it was previously 
known, is now hanging silently in its previous place
 on the restored dome

Groundbreaking 1st church (1575)
2nd church (1755)
3rd church (1856)
Completed 1878

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