Wordless Wednesday: Sts. Peter and Paul Church (Bantayan Island)

August 31, 2022

One of the most beautiful churches that we've seen is the Sts. Peter and Paul Church located in Bantayan town.

If you love visiting old churches, then you must definitely see Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Bantayan Island, Cebu. In fact, the Sts. Peter and Paul Parish is the oldest in Visayas and Mindanao, having been founded in 1580.

Façade of the Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Bantayan town

Wordless Wednesday: Sts. Peter and Paul Church (Bantayan Island)

We had the chance to visit Sts. Peter and Paul Church during our trip to Bantayan Island in 2017. It’s located in Bantayan town, in front of the public plaza.

We’ve read many good things about it and we were not disappointed when we saw it for ourselves. It was a small church, just the way we like it because it made praying more solemn. Having said that, I wouldn’t consider it grand. Its beauty exudes from its quaintness and somewhat rugged allure.

The Sts. Peter and Paul Church is made of coral stones, a construction material that we rarely hear of although they are fairly common in coastal towns.

The entrance of the church features doors within doors made of heavy wood. On each side of the door, there are stone statues that stand as sentinels that seem to protect the church from raiders and intruders.

As you enter, you would notice that the interiors of the church look airy and well-illuminated. Meanwhile, the windows of Sts. Peter and Paul Church are made of stained glass, the colors of which stand out in contrast to the off-white color of the stone walls. 

Inside the Sts. Peter and Paul Church

There are statues inside Sts. Peter and Paul Church which are believed to be centuries-old. The church is also home to a museum but visitors need to set an appointment if they wish to see the artifacts displayed inside it.

In terms of the history of the Sts. Peter and Paul Church, it was constructed by Augustinian friars in honor of the Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion (Our Lady of the Assumption). The original church was destroyed by invaders in 1600 but it was reconstructed starting in 1839.

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  1. Such a beautiful church. I love visiting churches.

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  2. I love old churches. I really wish we had some close by that I could visit.

  3. I always love looking at old churches. I am not religious but they are always pretty and sometimes full of history, so I enjoy visiting them.

  4. This looks so peaceful and beautiful. I would love to have quiet prayer time there.

  5. Wow, I bet this was really cool to see! SO much history here!

  6. This is a beautiful church. I love how they go to great lengths to preserve the church.

  7. I really love visiting and seeing old churches in person. It’s so beautiful and sacred.

  8. The church looks vast and sturdy, beautiful in its simplicity.

  9. Looks like such a beautiful church bursting with history! Looks well worth the visit

  10. I love churches! They mean history and it's a place that always unites a lot of people!

  11. What an interesting place. It is neat to see the history behind these buildings.