Sta. Monica Church was built in 1842 and is considered as one of the oldest stone churches in the Philippines. From frail materials, the church structure has since been replaced by coral stones and through the years parts have been added with concrete.
Made from tin, religious scenes are painted over in the trompe-l’oeilstyle. The mural was done in a period of five months by a Cebuano artist Ray Francia who also did a lot of the ceilings in other Bohol churches, including the famous one in Dauis.
The convent, built with stone, wood and, on the second floor, with, tabique (wattle and daub) walls, was started by Fr. Tomas Fernandez (1869 to 1875) and finished in 1879 by Fr. Antonio Munro (1876-1879). It is connected to the church by a pasadizo (arcade), unique to Bohol and, together, they form one of the more picturesque church complexes in Bohol. A series of arches link the church, pasadizo and convent.
To the right of Alburquerque Church, a series of arches connects the church to an old convent and beyond that a courtyard. There is a ruin of an unfinished grotto, hidden from sight at the back part of the court, a probable series of unfinished arches forming another arcade.
|HOW TO GET THERE||
By private car or public transportation (fare for public transpo is P50 and for van, P80.00)
Any vehicle will do
By Public Transport – Jeep/Multicab from Tagbilaran City – Alburquerque,
Bohol is 12 kms
One way fare: 15 php
10 – 15 mins. travel time from Tagbilaran
|WHAT TO WEAR?||Any comfortable clothes|
|WHAT TO BRING?||Camera devices, hand towel|
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|Ma. Nieves Manding