Baclayon’s cemetery chapel before the October 2013 tremor

The chapel found in the middle of the cemetery of Balcayon. Built of coral stones, it's one of two intact such chapels in Bohol.

The chapel found in the middle of the cemetery of Balcayon. Built of coral stones, it’s one of two intact such chapels in Bohol.

The 19th century cemetery chapel in Baclayon, Bohol is a beautiful treat for those who take the effort to go here. Enclosed with a high stone fence with a simple arched entrance, the cemetery chapel, with its quaintness and located in the middle of the graveyard is weather beaten and rugged.

Time has made its mark and, sometime in its existence, after it was built, the structure must have suffered damage enough for the church to support the facade with a hastily built buttress. Niches are built into the facade’s sides and inside, the wooden retablo is a shell of its former self while the ample space has become a storage area.

It’s quite interesting that this chapel has a low wall built inline with the face, runs perpendicular to the nave and at the back. Was this the original wall before the outer, present wall was built? And inside the chapel is an ossuary. This is similar to the cemetery chapel in Panglao that has this kind of storoage area too.

Like most churches and similar structures in Cebu and its church at the town, this chapel is made from cut coral stones. The roof has already been replaced with galvanized iron sheet while the markings at the top of the facade is already not discernible. The back of the chapel has also deteriorated so much and nearly run over by weeds and vines.

These were taken a few months before the earthquake of October 2013. In the aftermath, the chapel has suffered considerable damage. Images coming soon.

Both images showing the buttresses on the facade

Both images showing the buttresses on the facade

Interior of the chapel. Like the one in Panglao, it has also an ossuary

Interior of the chapel. Like the one in Panglao, it has also an ossuary

The side of the chapel. Note the low wall in the foreground.

The side of the chapel. Note the low wall in the foreground.

Closer look of the chapel's side

Closer look of the chapel’s side

The back of the chapel run over with weeds and vines

The back of the chapel run over with weeds and vines

Tombs near and adjacent to the low wall

Tombs near and adjacent to the low wall

Detail of the chapel pediment's back

Detail of the chapel pediment’s back

Detail of the upper part of the chapel's pediment

Detail of the upper part of the chapel’s pediment

Another view of the cemetery chapel

Another view of the cemetery chapel

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