The Casa San Martin And The Belfry Tower

P7260944tBeside the Basilica of Saint Martin Of Tours is a two story building known as the Casa San Martin. I’m not sure but it seems like this building serves as the parochial house for the priest. It also features a small museum that visitors can roam around for free.
P7260968tThe Casa San Martin’s old arch stone corridor. The upper floor has capiz panels that reminds me of the Sta Cruz Convent Museum in Tanza Cavite. 
P7260980tThis “calesa” in front of the Casa is definitely a perfect photo opportunity P7260983tBefore exploring the museum which is situated on the second floor, we decided to roam around first. You’ll find the Adoration chapel if you go straight ahead.You’ll also find this small aviary and pond outside.
P7260982tNot sure about this one but this cylindrical tower is connected to the church. P7260984tEntering the Small museum
P7260981tI Can’t help but to notice this huge and gold chandelier. P7260986tAs you enter the building, you will be welcomed by some interesting artefacts including these old church bells, andas, candle holders and more.
P7260988tP7260989tAncient tools for cooking (I think these tools are used for grinding and extracting)
P7260991tOld Saint Statues P7260992tOur Lady of Caysasay image
P7260993tThey feature an old house set up in this musuem showcasing some old and antique furniture P7260994tDining table and chairs
P7260995tOld Living room wooden furniture P7260987tOld cabinet and jars
P7260996tCheck out this old steel framed mirror P7260998tBrass
P7261000tDining Hall of the priest and other church personnel P7261001tSome China wares
P7261002tCapiz panel windows! P7261005tOld Charcoal iron and lamp
P7261020tEvent or function hall zasweerA couple of old piano set
P7261014tYou will also find a huge fish pond between the museum and the priest residence. P7261015tGoldfishes
P7261023tOn the further left side of the building, you’ll find stone stairs that will take you to the church’s indoor balcony. In order to explore this part, you have to pay Php50 per head which also gives you the opportunity to explore and climb the Belfry tower. P7261024tThese portion only has natural lighting system coming from the stained glass windows.
P7261025tP7261026tP7261027tP7261029tThe view of the church from the balcony
P7261037tP7261038tHand painted murals in walls and ceiling
P7261039tAn old piano and tv set P7261032tThe entrance to the belfry
P7261035tThe atmosphere inside the belfry tower is quite creepy and you can even hear bats everywhere. P7261036tP7261041tIn order to reach the rooftop, you have to climb this very narrow spiral stone stairs. P7261042tP7261043tWe are almost at the top but mom started to freak out after hearing some bats. She insisted me to go back and so I had no choice. Too bad I didn’t get a chance to see the stunning view from the top of the belfry but I gathered some pictures online to give you the idea on how it looks like. zzzzzxPhoto Credits to Yrec Mistal
zzzxzzzzAutomated bell chiming system (Photo credits to Yrec Mistal) zaszzzxThe Taal town (Photo Credits to Yrec Mistal)

22 thoughts on “The Casa San Martin And The Belfry Tower”

  1. Jonathan says:

    So inviting and really love the view from the top though it iwas unfortunate you were not able to reach it. Bats can be a nuisance, ha,ha,ha! I do adore old houses and I saw some Chinese inspired adornment at the hall. It was a good idea to purchase black monoblocks rather than other colours so as to compliment the wooden floor and the old aged look of the hall. I will revisit your post if ever I get to visit the country again.

    1. Bluedreamer says:

      thanks Sir Jonathan

  2. [SK] says:

    I like the old stone arch corridor, and the “calesa” painted with striking color is just so brilliantly placed there, I like it..

    love all those antiques being kept in the little museum, all are so well kept and I guess the younger generations may not have seen one!! the museum isn’t that small indeed with all these precious artifacts huh?? 🙂

    oh, that small and dark and narrow passage up to the top is a little scary huh?? I wonder why it is not lit up?? else you and your mom would be able to enjoy the beautiful view on the top..

    1. Bluedreamer says:

      it is really creepy indeed but the view from the belfry is really stunning

  3. fiel-kun says:

    Waah! grabe sobrang ganda ng loob ng church 🙂
    Yung sa museum, ang creepy nung mga lumang items >.<

    1. Bluedreamer says:

      thanks parekoy.. yup astig talaga yung interior nung church.. feeling ko nasa ibang bansa ako LOL

  4. I remember when I was a kid I used to frequent our Church and together with my peer, we playfully climbing up the belfry and took a clearn view of the town’s plaza.

    1. Bluedreamer says:

      thanks for dropping by Sir Gil

  5. Merryn says:

    Is it a little dimmed in there? I find it a little eerie looking through the pictures this time. Unlike your previous posts where I find them really beautiful and captivating, this time it is a little creepy. Maybe it’s the staircase.. Heh.

    1. Bluedreamer says:

      so true.. find the atmosphere quite creepy here

  6. Renz says:

    I always have a penchant for these things – historical finds and architecture. Looking forward to visit Taal town soon!

    1. Bluedreamer says:

      thanks Renz

  7. stevevhan says:

    Aw, i love historical pieces and those pianos really catched me. If i have the opportunity, if i have the opportunity to play them , i would, and would record on them!

    gumagana pa ba sila?

    1. Bluedreamer says:

      I think so steve… mukhang nagana pa yung mga piano

  8. The top view looks so wonderful than normal picture-taking at the normal level. Never been here and lovely place to explore.

    1. Bluedreamer says:

      thanks Sir Fernando

  9. small kucing says:

    you have a very good eye on photography

    1. Bluedreamer says:

      Yay… thanks Small Kucing

  10. mun says:

    This place must be really old, just look at the old bricks. The view is indeed very stunning! I don’t know whether I dare to climb up the old narrow stairs or not to see the beautiful view.

    1. Bluedreamer says:

      yup beautiful indeed

  11. Twilight Man says:

    I would believe this historical place was in Europe if you didn;t mention Philippines. It reminds me of the ancient Hampton Court Palace in London as they have some resemblance on the walls and steps.

    1. Bluedreamer says:

      Oh I must check those places online to compare… it was such a great experience exploring this small museum

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