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Saint Francis Xavier Parish of Nasugbu, Batangas

After visiting the Galo River in Nasugbu (Test: The Galo River of Nasugbu), we determined to drop by among the close by church buildings within the city. We concluded our journey by visiting three extra websites together with the Saint Francis Xavier Parish, the San Antonio de Padua Church, and the Calaruega Eco Park. Not too removed from the Barangay Banilad in Nasugbu, we got here throughout this stunning church devoted underneath the patronage of Saint Francis Xavier. This church won’t ever go unnoticed on account of its beautiful Chestnut purple Romanesque façade.


Saint Francis Xavier Parish lately celebrated its a hundred and seventieth anniversary however the present church will not be the precise location the place the primary church was based. Nasugbu was previously a part of Balayan, Batangas which was established by the Jesuits in 1591 underneath the patronage of the Immaculate Conception. It was till 1852 that Nasugbu turned impartial and a church was established underneath the patronage of Saint Francis Xavier, a Jesuit saint. Previous to this, a small church was already established within the southernmost a part of the city in 1804 devoted to Nuestra Señora de la Escalera (previously often called Iglesia Catolica De La Nuestra De La Escalera Church). The aforementioned church, nevertheless, was burned by the Spaniards on the peak of the Katipunan rebel.


The ruins of Iglesia Catolica de La Nuestra De La Escalera (Photograph Credit score: Dolce Vita)

In 1896, through the heights of the Philippine revolution, the city of Nasugbu completely suffered. There was even an account stating that Spanish troops locked up nearly 500 males, girls, and youngsters contained in the church after which set the church on fireplace. In 1899, The city of Nasugbu transferred to its current location, leaving the previous web site with the church ruins within the east, which later turned often called Lumangbayan. The ruins of Iglesia Catolica De La Nuestra De La Escalera Church can nonetheless be seen immediately.

The picture of Nuestra Señora de la Escalera

The current church was in-built 1959 with Saint Francis Xavier because the principal patron and Nuestra Señora de la Escalera as their patroness. The picture of the miraculous Girl of Stairway (Señora de la Escalera) was episcopally topped on September 4, 2005. It’s fascinating to notice that she is the one Marian picture within the nation that holds such a title.






The belfry of Saint Francis Xavier Parish.

The facade of the church is totally beautiful. It has a Chestnut purple and beige colour scheme and is supported by stunning Corinthian pillars. It has a really giant elevated porch and a superbly ornate belfry. The entrance facade is topped by a triangular pediment with 3 rose home windows. The bigger window options the emblem of Jubilaeum A.D 2000 (Nice Jubilee in 2000).


The Previous bell exterior the church.

Exterior the church, you’ll discover an previous bell with the identify of Virgen de la Escalera inscribed on it. Though there is no such thing as a marker or any info supporting its historical past, the bell most certainly got here from the previous church of the Girl.


The identify of Virgen Dela Escalera inscribed on the bell

The inside of the church is equally beautiful. Sadly, there was an ongoing funeral mass once we get there so I wasn’t in a position to take many pictures. The ceiling of the church, nevertheless, options stunning trompe-l’œil work. The dome options work depicting the 12 Apostles, saints, and different vital occasions within the bible.

Church’s inside


The dome and the altars (Photograph Credit score: Mike and Mai Images/ Brideworthy


The superbly ornate retablos of Saint Francis Xavier Parish


The primary altar is split into three layers. The uppermost half encompasses a small bas aid of the Holy Trinity. The second layer enshrines the picture of Saint Francis Xavier. The decrease layer options three giant niches with the Crucified Christ within the heart on prime of the Tabernacle and the photographs of the Immaculate Conception and Saint Joseph on either side. There are additionally pictures of the Immaculate Coronary heart of Mary and the Sacred Coronary heart of Jesus within the sanctuary. The picture of Nuestra Señora de la Escalera is enshrined on the correct aspect .


Retablo Mayor

After our fast go to to Saint Francis Xavier Parish, we dropped by one other church in Nasugbu, the one devoted to San Antonio de Padua. I’ll submit extra about this parish in my subsequent entry.

Within the meantime, be happy to examine all the opposite church buildings in Batangas that I already blogged about.

Different Locations to Go to in Batangas

Supply of Data: The Burning of Iglesia Catolica Dela Nuestra Dela Escalera Church/ Church Ruins of Lumangbayan/ Saint Francis Xavier Parish FB /

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