Santissima Trinidad Church (Loay)

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Cailing Road, Loay
Province of Bohol
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9.60096168518°N 124.011665344°E

In 1795, the parish of Loay was separated from Loboc to which it belonged as a visita (chapel-of-ease). Other authorities give 1815 as the foundation date. The Santissima Trinidad Church (Most Holy Trinity Church) is built on a plateau facing the sea and near the mouth of the Loboc River. A flight of stairs connects the church complex to the rest of the town located below the hill. The vehicular entrance to the complex is via the road to Loboc.

The church with a cruciform ground plan has two facades: the older is decorated with low relief and the newer with a neoclassical facade was apparently completed in the 20th century as its upper register is in reinforced concrete. The whole is surmounted by cement statues depicting the virtues. The bell tower is a separate structure built at a short distance from the church. Like many Bohol churches the interior is painted with trompe l’oeil and with Biblical scenes. The altars are in the Neoclassical style.

The Church of Loay was severely damaged after the 2013 Bohol earthquake; its facade collapsed and the roof cave in. – wikipedia.org

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Posted: January 2, 2014

Author: pamana360

Category: Churches, National Historical Landmarks

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