#123 Majayjay Church

The St. Gregory Church, also known as the Majayjay Catholic Church, is considered as one of the oldest churches in the Philippines. Built in 1575 in the municipality of Majayjay, Laguna, Majayjay Church has a giant antique bell reputed to be the oldest in the country.

Majayjay Church was built using forced labor. It is also known for antique relief statues of saints, which were brought by the Spaniards.The belfry houses four small bells and one big bell. From the rooftop of the church, one also has a breathtaking, panoramic view of Mt. Banahaw and Laguna de Bay.

The church which has survived countless calamities, wars and revolutions, has undergone several reconstructions and repairs. The Americans also used the church as headquarters during the US-Philippine war. Although much of its past glory has faded, the church remains a favorite to tourists both local and foreign. Key scenes from the classic film Tatlong Taong Walang Dios (Three Godless Years) were also shot in this church.

Mabuhay ang Majayjay Church!

 

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