The perimeter fence of Baclayon’s old cemetery

View of the arched entrance gate as seen from the left front side

View of the arched entrance gate as seen from the left front side

The cemetery of Baclayon is located about a hundred meters from the back of the church, at a hilly incline and is one of a very few existing Spanish colonial era cemeteries in Bohol. It is known as kuta, referring to the stone fence and which, according to Ricky Jose, in his book, Visita Iglesia Bohol was constructed around the 1840s.

Not counting the ruined cemeteries of Loon and Dimiao, Baclayon’s is only one of two, with the other one in Panglao, with a cemetery chapel still intact. Other towns, like Duero and Jagna only have a low wall while the latter has an entrance gate structure.

A thick perimeter fence marks the cemetery of the town and is made from rubble and finished with cut coral stones. Paletada (lime wash) at some portions is still evident. A ramp leads up to the main arched entrance gate. Unlike other such structures like in Dalaguete, Cebu, it’s only a simple but thick arch with nary a decoration. It used to be the only entrance but there is now another at the side with an iron gate which might have been opened in modern times.

Images taken before the earthquake of 15 October 2013.

Another view of the perimeter fence from the right front side corner

Another view of the perimeter fence from the right front side corner

Closer view of the fence at the right side

Closer view of the fence at the right side

View of the perimeter fence from one corner

View of the perimeter fence from one corner

Detail of damaged portion of wall at the back. Note the coral stones used.

Detail of damaged portion of wall at the back. Note the coral stones used.

Portion of the perimeter fence at the back that is lower than the other parts have been fenced

Portion of the perimeter fence at the back that is lower than the other parts have been fenced

Perimeter fence as seen from inside the cemetery

Perimeter fence as seen from inside the cemetery

Entrance gate of the Baclayon cemetery

Entrance gate of the Baclayon cemetery

Details: left, broken portion of entrance gate at the back; right, Right side of perimeter fence was opened

Details: left, broken portion of entrance gate at the back; right, Right side of perimeter fence was opened

Back of arched entrance gate

Back of arched entrance gate

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