Basilica of St. Martin de Tours

Basilica of St. Martin de Tours, Taal

Basilica of St. Martin de Tours

Basilica of St. Martin de Tours
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Angel P
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Jun 2020
It was indeed a great experience as I learned so much in the biggest Catholic church in Asia. Despite many challenges and calamities like massive earthquakes and typhoons, the Basilica of St. Martin de Tours still stands tall. The residents in the area were really accomodating as they welcomed me and my family like their own family. Overall, it was really an amazing experience and worth the visit.
Written 16 May 2021
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smiles1899
United States78 contributions
Jan 2020
This is impressive. But, it's under restoration and doesn't live up to it's potential. I look forward to seeing it when everything is completed. I hope they update the inside as well. I visited during the holiday light display in Taal. I had a lot of fun. The light display is worth seeing. The church is on a hill over looking Taal.
Written 8 January 2020
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Edilbert E
Luzon, Philippines13 contributions
Dec 2019
It’s really nice! However the facade was under restoration when we visited the church, though it was evident to be the largest church in SE Asia, with nice historical background.
Written 28 December 2019
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Czar Emmanuel
Manila, Philippines5,930 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
It was a long drive from Manila to reach this place to visit this basilica dedicated to St. Martin of Tours. It is reputed as the biggest Catholic church in Asia (although I didn't get that impression when I stepped inside of it). Its construction dates back to 1856, while an older church (built in 1755) used to stand in its actual site.

The church looks quite nice and big inside, with three naves and a typical Latin cross structure. The façade looks even more imposing and impressive. It's sad that you cannot fully appreciate it because your view is blocked by cars parked right in front of it and the many stalls selling foods and drinks set up on the square. At any rate, this church is still worth-visiting. It's definitely one of the main tourist attractions and landmarks of Taal.
Written 28 December 2019
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Crazycriz
4 contributions
Nov 2019
As of now it is under renovation, you can see outside the scaffoldings., when you go inside you will see the beauty of the church.

I am able to attend the night mass and the speaker/sound is not clear for the preach if you are located near the back
When the choir sing, it seems that angels are singing.

Ps.
Its more beautiful in taal if you will visit near Christmas because of the lights
Written 1 December 2019
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Hungry-sailor86
San Fernando La Union, Philippines348 contributions
Sep 2019
an iconic building currently being renovated which will save the building for generations to come. as with many religious buildings it continues to be used without the money being invested to maintain it
it is a dark atmospheric historical building and dusty inside but very impressive and when works are complete will continue to be iconic for further generations
Written 24 September 2019
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altair06
Chiba, Japan83 contributions
Jul 2019 • Solo
We came here to check out the church that is the oldest in Asia and the church is really OLD and HUGE. The facade is actually really beautiful, you can see that the architecture is a true heritage of the Philippines. However, inside, you can sense that somehow the church suffered (and is suffering neglect). The floors are dirty (looks like there is an inch of dirt on it), the ceiling (the central dome) has a hole, the painting on the walls are fading. Considering, that the Philippines is predominantly Catholic, hence the Catholic church HAVE a lot of income. It is a shame that they have let the Church in this state. In all my travels (and I always visit a Catholic Church), this is perhaps the only antique church I saw that requires a major overhaul. I hope the higher up's in the Catholic church would provide funds to save this church from further deterioration.
Written 3 August 2019
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6-5TallGuy
Hong Kong, China42 contributions
Jul 2019 • Friends
The building itself sits on a rise overlooking the Taal city square. Very impressive building. The paintings on the ceiling grabber our attention, as the ceiling over the altar and the pews was copying two Leonardo da Vinci paintings on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome. The building has some minor cracks, so we made a donation in an effort to help preserve the church into the future.
The church is located in Taal Heritage Town, which we found interesting. We visited a museum of cameras and photos located in an old house. Fascinated with the house and astonished that the 176 cameras displayed (some back to the 1880s...) were said to be all restored to working condition.
Historic pictures on the walls were wonderful as well.
Written 20 July 2019
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Red P
19 contributions
Jul 2018
Facade is so grand. Majestic altar. Avoid holidays if you plan to visit. Streets leading to church are very narrow.
Written 6 June 2019
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Melissa C
Manila, Philippines65 contributions
Mar 2019 • Friends
Taal Basilica or the Minor Basilica of St. Martin of Tours is a must-see in Taal, Batangas especially for those who are interested in architecture and design.

The Baroque church’s façade will remind you of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome while the ceiling is painted in trompel’oeil or “trick of the eye” style which gives a 3-dimensional effect. There are Ionic and Corinthian partner columns, projecting cornices, arched windows and doors, plus all manner of antiques inside the church. An all-around fascinating way to spend your afternoon.
Written 5 June 2019
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