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Address: Illustre Avenue, Taal, Luzon, Philippines

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Magnificent cathedral well maintained by the Free Masons and Knights Templar

Magnificent cathedral the largest in Asia well maintained by the Knights Templar and Free Masons It even has a statue of Mary Magdalene A MUST see The only thing is that the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Makati, Philippines
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Makati, Philippines
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Magnificent cathedral the largest in Asia well maintained by the Knights Templar and Free Masons It even has a statue of Mary Magdalene A MUST see The only thing is that the Department of Tourism has done nothing at all to boost any visits by tourists as there are hardly any signs on how to get there

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Taal, Philippines
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Definitely a MUST see. This is one of the oldest Catholic church in Asia. Amazing how the structural features inside and out are well preserved. A tour will give you a feel of the days of Spanish influence.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

go to the side entrance a pay a small fee to be able to go all the way to the top. You'll get a great view of the main hall of the church, pass through an old, narrow passageway, and finally reach the top deck overlooking the town

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Luzon, Philippines
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

People visit this Basilica not just for faith, but also for the view. One can check Taal in the rooftop of the church. A good one to experience.

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Cavite City, Philippines
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

This church attest the Philippines history. Biggest church i've visited so far. Bringing back old times.

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Makati, Philippines
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Reputed to be the largest Catholic church in Asia, it IS truly huge. And its ohh-someness goes beyond its size. The main altar is richly designed, as are the side altars, in the style of churches built by the Spaniards who ruled the country for some 400 years. The elevated pulpit from where priests delivered homilies ("sermons" we used to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

The basilica is part of the Taal Heritage Village. It's like Vigan only closer to Manila. It isn't hard to find but don't trust Google maps because it will lead you somewhere else like it did to us. Hehe. It's a nice place to pray and contemplate. It's a huge basilica in top of a hill scape with a vintage... More 

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Dasmarinas City, Philippines
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

loving the serenity of the place..it brings you back in time...I can imagine Marcella Agoncillo attending church there as a young child. Imagine how many people have knelt on those same benches for hundred's of years! A must visit!

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Paranaque, Philippines
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

One shouldn't leave Taal without visiting the Basilica. We started admiring the facade and proceeded to enter the church. As I walked through the side aisle of the the church, I imagined people going to church there during the different eras our history went through and how the people were dressed and what their worries were at the time they... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

The place has historical significance. The upper floor is open to the public with antiques on display. One would appreciate the wooden floor and artifacts. It would be a waste not to visit. Don't forget to take a picture from the front with the TAAL word.

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