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Cavite: Maragondon Church

Located in Maragondon in the province of Cavite, Maragondon Church is one of the declared National Cultural Treasure of the country.

Also known as the Our Lady of the Assumption Parish Church, Maragondon Church was said to have been built sometime in the 1580s. Like most old churches, it was first constructed using light materials which is of course prone to damage done by Mother Nature. In 1630, the church was renovated and by this time it got a more elaborate furnishing. Then in 1633 the church was reconstructed, the bigger, sturdier stone church was finished sometime in 1646 to 1649.
Church facade
NHI Marker
Let's go inside
Church interior
The pulpit
The podium near the altar
The left retabolo
The right retabolo
The main retabolo
Images of saints and the Virgin Mary in the retabolo
Sadly, a few years after its completion, the Spanish government ordered it to be torn down so that the stone could be used to fortify Manila against the invading Dutch. Years later in 1687, constructions for a new church began. However, due to undisclosed reasons the construction halted. It was only in 1714 that Maragondon Church was finally completed.
Can you read the inscription?
What's unique about the architectural design of the church is that its facade is narrower and not squat as in other Jesuit churches. Aside from that its bell tower has no clear division between the stories making it look like an obelisk.
Check out the intricately made designs of the door
Close up of the door
The rich then are buried inside the church by the way...
What I like about Maragondon Church are its doors. These doors have masterfully carved designs of flowers, ships, and castles. Aside from that another eye-catching part of the church are its retabolos. These retabolos are all brightly polychromed. Overall, Maragondon Church is one of the must see and visit churches in the province if not the Philippines.
Yup... had to be in this one!
Getting there:

From Coastal Integrated Bus Terminal, ride a bus going directly to Maragondon. You can then walk to the church from the town proper.

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  1. Hey Neil,
    Thanks for dropping by my site. Hope you liked it :)
    You got wonderful photos of your adventures.
    Hope we stay connected.

    Best from Mumbai!

    1. Thank you for your nice comment! Thanks for dropping by! Stay connected!

  2. What a beautiful church, such ornate and intricate details. How far is Maragandon from Manila?

  3. Hey, that is some good detailing of the church.
    Great photos and hope to stay connected.

    1. Thanks a lot Devesh Mittal! Stay connected my friend!


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