4 Must See Baroque Churches In The Philippines

If you are a Filipino and interested in its culture and history, you must visit 4 of its most important ancient churches. These are the Miag-ao Church, Paoay Chursh, Santa Maria Church, and Saint Agustin Church.

Visiting all 4 of the Baroque Churches in the Philippines, which were also part of UNESCO Heritage Sites List is one of the things that I am proud of. These four churches were built by the Spanish in the late 16th century and their unique architectural style is of European Baroque, mastered by Chinese and Philippine craftsmen. Three of them are located in Luzon and one is in Visayas.

Miag-ao Church in Miag-ao, Iloilo

Miag-ao Church

The Miag-ao Church was built by the Spanish Augustinian missionaries in Miag-ao, Iloilo in 1786. There are two notable frontages of this church: its two watchtowers and a large coconut tree at the center. The watchtowers were built to defend the town and people against the Muslims who invaded Christianized villages during the early times, while the coconut tree represents St. Christopher carrying Child Jesus on his shoulder referred as “tree of life,” which was according to folklore.

It was said that Miag-ao Church has the most interesting interior design of all 4 Baroque Churches in the Philippines because of its gold-plated retablos. Unfortunately, we were one of those who wasn’t able to see it as it was closed when we visited it.

During 1898, when Filipinos revolt against Spain, the church was destroyed. It was rebuilt; however, it was damaged heavily by fire and earthquake in 1910 and 1948.
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The Toshogu Shrine in Nikko

Toshogu Shrine in Nikko

Built in 1600s, Toshogu Shrine is famous for its pompous buildings, rich colored sculptures, and thousands of gold leaf sheets. It is the final resting place of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate that ruled Japan for over 250 years. Toshogu Shrine was built using the highest quality materials available during the 1600s.

Toshogu Shrine in Nikko

Seeing the shrine up close and thinking of the Great Pyramid of Giza, I couldn’t help but think that people who lived from hundreds to thousands of years ago were far more intelligent than modern people.

5 Top Rated Beautiful Spots To See in Barcelona

Barcelona is not the capital of Spain but it is one of the top tourist destinations of the world. Millions pour in to this picturesque capital of Catalonia to experience its scenic beauty. It has everything a tourist can dream of, from stunning beaches and surrounding mountains to delicious local cuisine, splendid architecture, a buzzing nightlife, and a warm and sunny climate.

If you are coming over to Barcelona from England, you also stand to save your money because of the availability of scores of cheap flights from Monarch for as low as £35 one-way. The following is a list of 5 top must see places in Barcelona.


Basilica of the Sagrada Familia

This is an ancient church that was designed by Antoni Gaudi. It is still under construction and the work is supposed to be completed by 2026. That year will mark the death anniversary of the designer Antoni Gaudi who was tragically killed in a tram accident in 1926. Tourists are mesmerized by the beautiful design of the building and all the religious symbols that have been incorporated inside the structure. The church has a very beautiful exterior to captivate the visitors. This Roman Catholic Church has a grand architecture and despite being under construction, it is a must visit place in Barcelona.

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The Takeshita Dori in Harajuku

The historic sites in Tokyo are a must for visitors, but if you want to get a taste of the eccentric lifestyle of the Japanese youth, you must visit The Takeshita Dori in Harajuku. I met many interesting people like those who are dressed up as Lolita in different styles — be it gothic or kawaii, while I was strolling on the street.

The Takeshita Dori in Harajuku

The Takeshita Dori in Harajuku

I could not get enough of the small shops with unique accessories and clothing. The colors, the hassle and the music are all things which make this attraction of Tokyo absolutely unique. Do not miss to immerse into the Harajuku culture.

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My name is Ada, an old-fashioned, curly, jumper, wanderlust, who enjoys budget and DIY traveling.

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