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Oldest and largest Basilica de San Martin de Tours in Taal

Basilica de San Martin de Tours in Taal is the largest church in Asia, standing 96 meters long and 45 meters wide. The Augustinian Missionaries started construction in 1756, but it was destroyed when Taal volcano erupted in 1754. It took a century for the church to achieve its present form. St. Martin of Tours is the patron of Taal, whose feast is celebrated every November 11.

Taal Basilica
was first built in present day San Nicolas, Batangas, by Fray.Deigo Espina in 1575 under the Augustinians, with San Martin de Tours as patron saint. In 1754 the church was destroyed along with the town Taal in the eruption of the Taal volcano. It was then that the church was transferred to its present site. Father Martin Aguirre donated the land for the new church in 1755, but in 1849 it was destroyed again by an earthquake. Construction of the new church began in 1856 to 1878, the Spanish architect Luciano Oliver commissioned to design and manage the construction of the present church. A small tower was made on its left side but it was destroyed during Japanese occupation. It was reconstructed later and it was then taller than the original. The church was made into a basilica on 8 December, 1954 and was declared a national shrine on January 16, 1974. The conical coronation of the Our Lady of Caysasay was also made in basilica in 1954. Taal Basilica is consider as the biggest church in the Philippines and in Asia.

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6 Comments

Rose  on July 18th, 2009

wow simbahan ito ng taal ah…
maganda pa rin ang simbahan ng taal…
kahit medyo may kalumaan na…
i agree with you…
di lang siya isa sa mga malaking simbahan sa pilipinas…
isa pa siya historical church…
at pinakamatandang simbahan sa pilipinas…
napahistorical talaga ng taal…
dapat lang na pangalagaan…

JaneJane  on July 18th, 2009

This church is a Filipino heritage that we should be proud of. Lovely shot. :)

Victor  on December 20th, 2009

Amazing ung structual design ng church at grabe! Tlgang super laki ng church..Im proud that the biggest church was founded here in philippines..

telai  on January 14th, 2010

d2 kmi mgppkasal ng mhl q…hehe

labme4gud  on July 11th, 2010

ang ganda ng church…dyan ako ikakasal sa 2012 hehehhe

Dexter | The Best Of Taal Batangas  on February 2nd, 2011

I grew up in this place.. Sarap alalahanin ang lugar na ito :)

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