After visiting the St Therese and The Child Of Jesus Parish, we headed to one of the most stunning historical landmarks of Lipa Batangas, the San Sebastian Cathedral. It’s probably one of the most stunning churches I have visited. San Sebastian Church is a Roman Catholic church that was initially administered by the Augustinians in 1605 until the end of the 18th Century. The church was formerly located on the shore of Taal Lake and was destroyed when Taal Volcano erupted in 1754. The volcanic eruption covered much of Batangas and Cavite with ash and lava. Reconstruction of the church on the present site began in 1732 and ended in 1790. The church’s wonderful facade. A portion of it is currently being renovated. San Sebastian Cathedral is constructed from rough-hewn, rectangular stone and has a six-storey octagonal bell tower which rests on a rectangular base and tapers gradually to the cupola on top
A historical marker outside the San Sebastian Cathedral. According to some sites, the church suffered massive damages during the Second World War and underwent intensive renovation afterwards. The church is notable for its immensely beautiful carvings and paintings. The ceiling of the church was mind blowing!
The stunning and wonderfully decorated ceiling of the church. The ceiling was constituted of artistically painted wooden paneling in lieu of an arch to which were attached supports and strong beams crisscrossing the walls. Wall paintings depicting the apostles of Jesus.
A spiral staircase possibly leading to the church’s belfry. Some pillars inside the church displays pictures depicting the 14 station of the cross.
The church’s flooring. On the left corridor of the church lies an overwhelming amount of old statues depicting different images of saints. Our Lady of miraculous medal.
What really stuns me the most is the church’s dome. Jaw dropping!
Unfortunately, I can’t have a full view of the main altar because of the ongoing wedding that day.
The Paschal Mystery on the church right corridor
Mater Dolorosa The attracting grand baroque designed pipe organ which is the only one in Batangas Province and one of only 59 units in the Philippines. It was really a rewarding experience visiting this stunning church!
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