After the Immaculate Conception Church in Dasmariñas Cavite, we went to Silang to visit the well known Our Lady of Candelaria Parish. The parish was first established on February 3, 1595 where they initially built a small chapel made of light materials under the patronage of St. Diego of Alcalá and a small school and took charge of Silang until 1611. The church and school built by the Franciscans was destroyed by fire on August 30, 1603. The stone church was built from 1637 to 1639 and was placed under the patronage of Nuestra Senora de Candelaria (Our Lady of Candelaria) in 1640.
Unlike other Jesuit Churches like that in Antipolo Cathedral. Silang church is a typical baroque church without any elaborate and magnificent ornamentation on its simple façade.
(the church’s humble facade). Huge stone walls were built to protect the church from bandits. Like its exterior, the interior of Silang is also simple. There are no ornamentation on its pilasters and small windows are placed high on walls.
It also has a large wooden church entrance. Check out that wonderful emblems on top!
It has a four story belfry connected to the main church. The first floor is four sided while the rest of the floors are octagonal. The fourth story of the belfry was destroyed in the 1880 earthquake and was only restored to its original height in 1989, after a hundred years.
The church’s nave! The church is complimented by their shiny chandeliers
The retablo of Silang falls under the baroque style and is built from 1643 to 1663. It has three retablo, one retablo mayor or main altar and two side altars or colaterales in each side of the transepts which are mirror images of each other. The altar mayor is the largest and highest altar among the three altars and known relieves depicting the story of Jesus in the life of Mary based on the mysteries of the Holy Rosary. It has three levels, seven alternating niches for saints and relief and same divisions like the side altars. The parish is also a structure of historical significance as stated in its historical marker! A huge Divine Mercy statue outside the church!
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