Monday, March 30, 2015

Old Churches of Cavite:
Naic Church

    The 6th church that we visited is the Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception in Naic, Cavite. Looks like it was just recently repainted because I've seen  a  photo of a more weathered Naic Church. Anyway, the parish was founded in 1796, the present structure was completed in 1896. Of all the old churches that we visited in Cavite, this is the only one with a Gothic architectural style. 

       Plain white ceilings. Not only do they emphasize the beauty of the natural stone walls but they also make the interior look larger than it really is.

    No main retablo in Cavite could be more 3D than this. Why, it looks like a church inside a church!

    The retablo of the tabernacle, located at the left wing,  is equally as impressive. Love the angels!

   Across the Baptistery near the entrance of the church is this large contemporary statue of Mary. The Immaculate Conception, according to Catholic teachings, is the conception of Mary in her mothers womb. Free from original sin by virtue of the foreseen merits of her son Jesus Christ. The Immaculate Conception is often confused with the virginal conception of Jesus in Mary's womb.

       While we are taking photos inside the church, a young man who is probably an altar boy approached us and told us about something that might interest us about the church. So he led us to the yard at the left side of the church to show us this damaged part of the bell tower that was caused by bombing during World War 2.

     He also showed us to the church's little museum where the old church paraphernalia are kept, such as antique candelabras, crowns and halos used on rebultos, and a lot of other interesting stuff. Do check out the other photos!

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