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Santa Monica Parish Church

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Address: Poblacion, Brgy San Leandro, Laoag, Luzon, Philippines

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Santa Monica Parish Church AKA Sarrat Church was built in 1779. It used to be called as San Miguel Church. Walk through the church complex and see for yourself centuries old... read more

Reviewed October 20, 2016
Davao City
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The town was preparing for a religious event when we visited so the area was very lively. The area was filled with a mix of local residents and tourists. One of the best things that I liked about the place was the different street food available. It made me feel the sense of community in the area which I like... More 

Thank Patty d
Davao City
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Reviewed October 20, 2016 via mobile

Santa Monica Parish Church AKA Sarrat Church was built in 1779. It used to be called as San Miguel Church. Walk through the church complex and see for yourself centuries old structures, such as a convent connected to the church by an elevated three-level brick stairway. The church was the venue of Irene Marcos' wedding and was featured in the... More 

Thank WanderLustDavao
Metro Manila, Philippines
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Reviewed August 26, 2016

The wedding church of Irene Marcos. Filled with rich Historical Information of romance and spanish time. Must see

Thank LigayaZen
Bulacan Province, Philippines
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Reviewed July 28, 2016

The church is old and history is exciting. The place is hot though. There are places with lots of stories like the monastery and the area where prisoners are beheaded. The museum was close the time we visited.

Thank Perpetua C
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed June 23, 2016

The ladies who accompanied us in exploring the church and the surrounding areas was very helpful. We learned a lot about the place from Spanish era until the Marcos time.

Thank Meenadel
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Reviewed April 1, 2016 via mobile

We visited this church today and was very impressed with the architecture. Built in 1720's and with the longest church aisle in all of the Philippines. The pulpit is very interesting - beautiful fashioned but looks as though it may collapse at any time. Modern stained glass windows. Interesting and surprisingly blends well with the prevailing architecture. Don't forget to... More 

Thank Nigel G
Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed March 27, 2016

Santa Monica Church is HUGE! When you're standing at the door the people sitting at the front pew look like ants. Go with a knowledgeable guide to make the experience more interesting.

Thank BartChua
Manila, Philippines
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Reviewed March 3, 2016

I was not prepared at what happened at the Santa Monica Church in Sarrat, having seen one too many churches all over the world, I was not thinking that it would impress. But lo and behold! I was in awe from the moment we turned the bend in the road and the Santa Monica spread was just glorious, it just... More 

Thank ManilaMinitraveler
Manila, Philippines
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Reviewed November 24, 2015

The ceiling itself is well preserved and well worth seeing. The church has been restored well. The views of the river from across the church yard are quite lovely.

Thank Nonnapn
Hamilton, Bermuda
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Reviewed July 27, 2015 via mobile

It was worth it to venture out and see this place. We were able to see not only the Church and its bell tower but also the ruined convent/prison. My dad, who is an engineer, was amazed at the brickwork considering that has been standing for a number of years and has seen its share of disasters.

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