Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion Church in Santa Maria, Ilocos Sur is a historical landmark as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It stands on top of a hill and we climbed 82 steps to reach the church.
My first visit to this church was more than a decade ago, but it's beauty has never stopped to amaze me. This church is a great attraction to both the traveler and the faithful---I'm more of a traveler.
Santa Maria Church is not only a reminder of the
377 334 years of Spanish colonization but it's a unique structure built on heavy stones and mortar. It's not as flamboyant in scale and less stunning in the facade but I like its simple design, the reddish brick exterior, and the fact that it was built on top of a hill--giving visitors a panoramic view of the town, the green fields and the blue sea in the horizon.
One of the old Baroque churches in the Philippines, the church in Santa Maria was built in 1765. Thick buttresses were added to re-enforce the structure to protect it from earthquakes.
There were two Requiem masses when we arrived. We waited for the funeral march to begin before entering the church. Santa Maria Church is one of the 8 pilgrimage churches in Ilocos Sur. The town is about 360 kilometers north of Manila.
stairway to heaven-- 82 steps
my walk to the altar
side entrance of the church
a hexagonal bell tower, built in 1810
This post is linked to My World-Tuesday