Saturday, April 20, 2013

santa lucia church, ilocos sur

When we were driving back to Manila from Vigan, we made a short detour at this church in the town of Santa Lucia.

From Wikipilipinas: St. Lucy the Martyr Church was built by Father Juan Pascula Barreda and Father Manuel Arguelles in 1887. Its dome and ceiling was repaired and the surroundings were reinforced by Father Venusto Mata. Its bell tower was damaged by an earthquake but was repaired eventually. It's one of the most beautiful churches in Ilocos. Its interior has a painted ceiling, pulpit and a carved retablo. The Church has an image of the Dark Virgin of Santa Lucia, the patroness of those with failing eyesight.

The exterior was impressive enough, but when we entered through the side entrance...

We were blown away.

Who painted the ceiling? Sadly, I couldn't find any information online.

The view from the choir loft. Amazing.

I finally found out what the bowl for holy water is called. It's a stoup. Thank you, Wikipedia.

As we were leaving, I saw these giant tablets with the Ten Commandments printed on them-- in the local dialect.

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