Welcome to the 7 Best Churches in Cavite for Visita Iglesia
One of the best option for Visita Iglesia this Holy Week is the province of Cavite. Especially if you are from Manila. But since my family and I stayed on our vacation house in General Trias, Cavite, it became more accessible for us to visit those beautiful century old churches in Cavite. Those churches are similar with the baroque architecture of Paoay Church and Agoo Basilica located in Ilocos. Visiting these churches in Cavite will not just give you a spiritual journey this Lenten Season, but a glimpse of on some of the historical high points of the Philippine Revolution as well.
Here are the list of 7 best churches in Cavite for Visita Iglesia. We drove our way using Waze and coming from Bacoor, you can reached the succeeding churches few kilometers away.
St. Michael The Archangel Parish Church (Bacoor)
During 1669, Filipino people established and constructed the parish of St. Michael The Archangel using bamboos, straws and nipa leaves. But during the term of Fr. Mariano Gomes around 1824 to 1872 (48 years), they renovated the church that was once known as the oldest church in Cavite with the present architectural structure made of adobe and tegula. Unequipped with modern-day concrete cement mix, they utilized thousands of duck egg whites to bond the huge boulders of adobe. Isn’t it amazing?
St. Mary Magdalene Church (Kawit)
The Church of St. Mary Magdalene, also known as “Kawit Church” is the parish church of the municipality of Kawit in the province of Cavite. You will find this church few meters away from the mansion of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo. Consequently, this is the church where the president of the First Philippine Republic was baptized in 1869. First built made of wood in 1638, it is considered as one of the oldest churches in the Philippines. The construction of the current church started in 1737 and was restored in 1990.
Our Lady Of Assumption Parish – Maragondon, Cavite (Maragondon)
The Our Lady of the Assumption Parish Church, commonly known as Maragondon Church, is the only heritage structure in the municipality of Maragondon, Cavite, Philippines declared by the National Museum as a National Cultural Treasure. Maragondon is unique among Jesuit churches for its proportion.
The facade is narrow but tall, not squatty as in other churches. To the left of the facade is the taller bell tower with no clear divisions between the stories. The bell tower has a quadrilateral shaft that tapers upward with four corners ending with finials. In contrast to the simplicity of its facade is the ornate door, divided into boxes, with floral designs of different shapes and ships and castles carved on it. (this is my favorite, don’t forget to take a look on the church door) Both in and out, the church fabric made of river stones are covered with a layer of paletada (stucco).
For me, this is the best church that we visit on Visita Iglesia despite of the long drive from Kawit to Maragondon. Therefore, A total of 34 km. The ambiance of the church is so peaceful and the Kalachuchi trees nearby add beauty to the scenery.
Our Lady Of Candelaria Parish Church (Silang)
The Our Lady of Candelaria Parish Church, commonly known as the Silang Church, is a Roman Catholic parish church in the city of Silang, in the province of Cavite, Philippines under the Roman Catholic Diocese of Imus. Its titular is the Our Lady of Candelaria (also Our Lady of Candles). People know this church for its Spanish colonial architectural style and the rococo-influenced retablos. Silang church is a typical baroque church without any elaborate and magnificent ornamentation on its simple facade. They built this church with huge stones to protect the church from bandits. Like its exterior, the interior of Silang is also simple. It has a large wooden church entrance and there are no ornamentation on its pilasters and small windows are placed high on walls.
Our Lady Of Immaculate Dasmarinas Cavite (Dasmarinas)
The Immaculate Conception Parish Church, also known as the Dasmariñas Church, is the first Catholic parish church in the city of Dasmariñas, province of Cavite, Philippines. They constructed the stone church right after the establishment of Dasmariñas as a separate parish in 1866. In addition, The church and convent was the site of bloodshed during the Battle of Perez Dasmariñas of the Philippine revolution against Spain. As a result, National Historical Institute (now National Historical Commission of the Philippines) declared this church as an important historical structure with the placing of a historical marker in 1986.
Our Lady Of The Pillar Cathedral Parish (Imus)
The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Pillar, commonly known as the Imus Cathedral, is a Roman Catholic cathedral church in the city of Imus, in the province of Cavite, Philippines. In 1616, the Augustinian Recollects arrived in Imus and established a convent. The parish of Imus started as a chapel-of-ease in Brgy. Toclong, a sub-parish (visita) of Cavite Viejo (now Kawit, Cavite). During the leadership of Fr. Nicolas Becerra, who served from 1821 to 1840, he advocated the move of the town center to Brgy. Balangon, its present location. In 1823, They started the construction of the parish church of Imus on the new location using forced labor. They used stones and bricks for the construction. They patterned the facade after the fifth Manila Cathedral by Fr. Juan de Uguccioni, which existed from 1760 to 1852.
St. Francis Of Assisi Parish Church (General Trias)
The St. Francis of Assisi Parish Church, commonly known as the General Trias Church is the first Catholic parish church of the municipality of General Trias in Cavite province in the Philippines. You will find the church at the plaza (town square) of General Trias. That was formerly called San Francisco de Malabon in honor of its patron saint, Saint Francis of Assisi. First built in 1769 and enlarged in 1834, the Church of St. Francis of Assisi in General Trias has undergone several restoration and renovation after several earthquakes. The current structure is the result of the 1991 renovation that restored the original look of the church. Ornately curved statues of saints decorates the church’s altar and looks very similar to the Silang Church.