Taal Basilica, also known as Basilica Menor de San Martin de Tours, with a length of 88.6 meters (291 ft.), a width of 48 meters (157 ft.), is certainly the largest in the Philippines and in Southeast Asia. It has one of the finest architectural designs, the most eye-catching structures, and the pride of Batangas.
This magnificent ‘larger than life’ historical monument is named after the patron saint of Taal, Saint Martin de Tours, whose fiesta is celebrated every November 11th. The Basilica’s size and Baroque façade are awe-inspiring. Its extraordinary structure is, even more, captivating with the addition of dome ceilings hand-painted with intricate detail. Perhaps the most outstanding element is the illuminating altar wall made with shining sterling silver and gold, symbolizing the sacred liberation of the tabernacle.- Taal.ph
The Taal Basilica was renovated and restored after three years of destructive quake that hit Batangas province, the latest of which was the eruption of the Taal Volcano in February 2020.
The old facade has a rustic and quaint appearance, while the new one is built up with brick and mortar walls.
The Basilica is a very prominent structure as it is sitting on top of a hill, making it visible in most parts of the town proper and its neighboring town.
The inside of the church is spacious, airy, peaceful, and clean. Everyone will be fascinated with its elegant altar, glorious dome, and ornate ceiling.
The Impressively beautiful interior, with its ceiling and dome, truly a master piece.
This passageway to the Blessed Sacrament will bring you back to the Spanish era.
The Blessed Sacrament located at the back of the church
The church has a place for other religious gatherings and/or social activities.
In preparation for the Christmas season, the church is well lit at night, illuminates, giving a magical effects.
Mass Schedule under General Community Quarantine:
- Monday to Saturday – 7:00 AM.
- Sunday – 7:30 AM / 9:30 AM / 5:00 PM.
Address: Calle Marcela Agoncillo, Taal, Batangas, Philippines
Administration: Archdiocese of Lipa
Heritage designation: National Historical Landmark
If you are planning to visit Taal Batangas, the Basilica is a must-visit not only of its structure and history but also a quiet place for praise, worship, and spiritual guidance.
Thank you for reading!
God bless everyone!