Miag-ao is a beautiful first class municipality in the Iloilo province that is home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Santo Tomas de Villanueva Church, more popularly known as “Miag-ao Church,” that I have been wanting to visit for the longest time.
Finally, I had that chance on October 9 with my best girls 🙂
Built in 1786 by Spanish Augustinian friars as a fortified place, Miag-ao Church’s bas-relief facade is pressed on each side by two imposing watchtower belfries from which the bells are rung, and in the olden days, to defend the town and the people from enemy attacks.
The whole church was built of arenite, or sandstone, a type of rock composed of sand-sized grains of mineral, rock or organic materials found in sedimentary basins. At the back, the walls are supported by buttresses to give them the strength to stand.
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