Basilica of St. Martin de Tours

Illustre Ave., Taal, Batangas

Basilica of St. Martin de Tours
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Irish Mae M.
5.0 Stars
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So for my first, I wanted it to be close to my background which I grew up with. Coming from a religious and conservative clan and a true bloom Lipeña, who wouldn't know about Basilica of St. Martin de Tours commonly known as Taal Basilica. This said to be the largest religious structure in Asia which features their facade just like St. Peter's basilica in Rome and the uniquely silver taberncle. I can't even remember when was the last time I visited Taal so as I wondered off to feed my soul, I then landed to Taal.

From Lipa, I decided to commute by jeepney. So from central town to Taal Church, it was a long almost 2 hours trip including the frequent drop off points of the passenger's jeepney which pretty much I enjoyed since the last time I've done that was highschool I think. But this time it's just me. I arrived there about 11:30 in the morning. Directly absorbing the too humid environment of Taal, I headed to church and was able to see again the reconstructed architecture of the basilica. From the outside to the interior it was all a beauty. Most of all, I was amazed with the feels of just being there. I'm sure you can relate with this, but as a Catholic it always give me chills with a light pounding heart whenever I visit a sacred sanctuary. It's truly giving me peace which indeed fed my soul. I prayed at the front row so that I can capture a genuinely sight of the altar. A real serenity feeling afterwards.

During Lenten, it was amongst the churches that was frequently visited by many Catholics from different places. A must visit if I may say. You'll surely take a huge sigh (in a good way) after the visit. :)

And oh before you head home, just make sure you buy tapang taal which is just across the street in their public market there. It range from 240-260 pesos for a kilo. Got mine for 240. :)

Visited: 27th July 2016

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Chili G.
4.0 Stars
4

A trip to taal won't be complete without going to The Basilica of St Martin De Tours or the Taal Basilica. The structure is huge and imposing. Founded in the 1500's and completed in 1878, it is considered to be the largest church in the Philippines and in Asia.
I wouldn't say that it's the most beautiful church I've seen here in our country but it is quite impressive. Wish i could've explored a little bit more but my back was killing me by that time 128542
A downside though is again the vendors scrambling to sell their goods, even right outside the church 128529 I just feel that it lessens the solemnity of the place.

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Pearl R.
5.0 Stars

I'm so amazed. 10084

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Pearl R.
5.0 Stars

The largest Catholic church in the Philippines and in Asia. The Basilica de San Martin de Tours, also known as Taal Basilica. 996210084

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Cianhel S.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Jona P.
4.0 Stars

Explore taal, batangas

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Dennis O.
5.0 Stars

Eventhough I'm not a Catholic, there are just something about the architecture of churches that attracts me. I attended a beautiful wedding of my friend here in this beautiful church in Taal. The Basilica of St. Martin is so big and through my research I found out it is in fact the Asias largest church. Wow! Know I'm thinking why is this church not that popular if its the largest church. Maybe taal is a far place from manila to hold a wedding thats why its not that popular.

The church was originally built near taal volcano in 1575 but was transferred after the eruption of taal. This big church took 22 years to be completed from 1856 to 1878. The church is built on top of a hill that as per the town people it can be seen in most part of the town. The design of the church inside was beautiful painting unlike other old church that are made of carvings. The altar was huge and beautiful.

The surrounding church was also a preserved heritage town. It reminds me of Vigan Calle Crisologo. It was beautiful and was maintained. Just not sure if it has the same effect at night with Calle Crisologo.

Overall this church is indeed a pride for filipinos. Philippines is truly a place that is more than what we see. There is so much to explore. 128522128076

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Jen L.
4.0 Stars

dahil pasaway kami na nakashort, showing respect to the church by not going in with such attire tsk tsk tsk...

pero sa labas pa lang amaze na amaze na ako sa largest church in asia na eto :)

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Abby M.
3.0 Stars

A heritage town will not be complete without an old school church smack dabbed in the center of the poblacion. Huge vintage structure with beautiful interior. So retro! Lol.

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Chrislyn F.
5.0 Stars

Largest church in Asia. This is my dream church when I get married someday! :)

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Jeanne Stephanie E.
4.0 Stars

After our Maculot hike, we went here since we finished early. They said this this the biggest Church in the Philippines. The basilica is grand. Very long aisle, the ceiling is beautiful and also the altar. We went to the bell inside the church tower and surprisingly they charge P50 for locals and P100 for foreigners. We are with 3 foreign friends and when they found out, they didn't go in anymore. So it's me and our other local friends. Not really much too see inside, except for the bell tower, a small koi pond and mummified cat in a frame. 128513

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Herl C.
5.0 Stars

The first time I've been to Taal was when I was 10 years old. And since I have relatives in Alitagtag, Batangas, I asked my cousins out to attend a mass there for the first time.

🔹WHAT TO EXPECT:
✔The Basilica is standing above ground level and faces the town of Taal
✔ It is the largest church in the Philippines and Asia
✔ I really love the Baroque style of the facade because I'm always fond of old churches and buildings. I considered them as an evidence of how great our history was.
✔The altar, they said that it was being renovated, I love how it being organized with the statues and altars. There's also light that comes from the ceiling above.
✔ Very spacious since it is the largest church and have more benches than a normal one
✔People here are very nice 9786
✔There is a park outside the church there are vendors selling 'kakanins' and other Batangas' specialties.

🔹HOW TO GET THERE:
From Manila, ride a bus bound to Lemery. Then you can get off in front of the Church. But sometimes, buses aren't going there directly, so you should get off to Taal-Lemery Junction and ride a jeepney bound to the church.

I enjoyed my trip here since I like exploring new churches and make a wish 128525

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