Bakaron Church is an ancient European church on Mint Island. It is a relic of Spanish colonial times. The whole church is very solemn. The roof and walls are beautifully frescoed. The exterior walls made of huge stones are full of historical precipitation. They are definitely worth visiting.
Baclayon Church, built in the late 16th century, is the second oldest church in the Philippines. It is made of coral and stone. The adhesive is a mixture of sand, limestone powder and egg white. The church on the first floor is free. The Christian Museum on the second floor is now charged 50P/person.
The feeling of Bakaron Church to me is old and magical. First, it is the oldest church in Asia, about 420 years old. It was the first stronghold of the Spanish Jesuit missionaries. The style of the church is Spanish, its appearance is old and vicissitudes, but its interior is gorgeous, especially the brilliant reflection of stained glass, which adds a lot of mysterious beauty to the solemnity and sanctity of the church. Like the Spanish castle, the building materials of the Bacaryon Church are made of coral stone and egg white. It is said that millions of eggs are used as adhesives. The reason for the magic is that there are natural bearded figures on the wall outside the church. Some people say it's Jesus, some people say it's a missionary. Our driver pointed to another wall and said that the Virgin Mother held the baby in her arms, but only the outline was not as impressive as the huge figure. Visits to churches are free, and there is a museum in the church for a fee. The Museum has a collection of religious relics, including Golden lined vestments, Latin church music lyrics written on sheepskin, and so on. Bakarong Church is proud of its peculiar ceiling murals and the complex ancient confession room of sculptors. It chooses a sunny time to enter, and the ground will be mapped with beautiful colored glazed light and shadow, which is very charming.
I went from Arona Beach by motorcycle with a small trunk attached to it. The one-way trip took about 30 minutes. There will be a bridge on the way, and the road is still in good condition. The fare was 750P, and the driver could wait at the door for about an hour. The church is built on the beach, where you can take pictures. For an atheist like me, the church is not really attractive. It's just a trip here.
Bakaron Church is the oldest church in the Philippines. It looks like it is not very beautiful. But the whole church is actually built of coral stone. It is very precious. It feels very much inside. During an earthquake in 2013, the bell tower of the church collapsed and is still under construction.
This simple-looking and elegant church is one of the oldest churches in Asia. It was one of the early churches established by the Spanish after the occupation of the Philippines. It was built from coral stone. The first floor is still a church. On the second floor, there is a small museum with many Catholic relics on display.
When you go to this church, you should pay attention to the colorful projections from the stained glass windows of the inner court and the frescoes of the ceiling, which are very new and colorful. These biblical religious stories, churches are not big, and there are opportunities to do mass with local believers.