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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The Guimbal Church

The Guimbal Church is formally known as the Parish of St. Nicholas of Tolentino. It is located around 45 minutes from Iloilo City. It is made from the same material that created the Miagao Church – yellow limestone.

Guimbal Church is one of the 10 churches that we visited in the Province of Iloilo a few months ago (after attending the MassKara 2013 Festival). It’s a great experience to visit these churches in Iloilo and learn about the similarities of these churches. The Guimbal Church in particular used columns that has Corinthian capitals.

The main entrance arch uses a floral motif and there are two statues on the façade of the church. I’m guessing it’s John the Baptist and St. Joseph. Inside the church, it has simple ceiling and a geometrically-patterned flooring. There is also a statue of St. Nicholas of Tolentino inside the church, holding a goblet as if pouring grace on souls in Purgatory.

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Nicholas of Tolentino (Italian: San Nicola da Tolentino, Spanish: San Nicolás de Tolentino) (c. 1246 – September 10, 1306), known as the Patron of Holy Souls, was an Italian saint and mystic. (Wikipedia)

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The main entrance and façade of Guimbal Church.

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The Saints guarding the main entrance of the Guimbal Church.

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Floral motif decorates the main entrance of the church.

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The side entrance of the Guimbal Church.

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The details of the bricks used on the exterior walls.

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A smaller chapel (I’m guessing it’s the Adoration Chapel) is located near the side entrance of the Guimbal Church.

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Most churches in Iloilo Province is made up of this kind of limestone.

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The side entrance and side window of the Guimbal Church.

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The main altar of Guimbal Church.

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St. Nicholas of Tolentino. The Patron Saint of Guimbal Church.

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The flooring of the Guimbal Church is lovely.

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