Exterior of Pavia’s romanesque church in Iloilo

Facade of Pavia Church in Iloilo

Facade of Pavia Church in Iloilo

The town of Pavia in Iloilo City was founded as an independent parish under the advocation of Santa Monica in 1862. It was Fray Policarpio Minayo, the parish priest from 1863-1873 who started this church mainly made of bricks. Fray Antonio Fermentino (1882-87, 1888-1890) continued it and Fray Lazaro Ramirez (1895-1899) finished it during between his curacy.

Pedro Galende OSA in Angels and Stone wrote that the style of the church belongs to the Romanesque Order with Byzantine elements. I love the architecture of this church, simple yet elegant. It is generally made of brick with the outlines of the windows, entrances and decorative columns at the facade made from coral stones, thus giving a contrasting red and white color.

The facade is unified and balanced and, interestingly, it has a semblance, minus the front columns, to its namesake, the original Pavia Cathedral in Italy that was built starting in the 15th century.

Rear and nave of the church

Rear and nave of the church

Close up of the dentil like details on the facade

Close up of the dentil like details on the facade

A section of the nave near the rear

A section of the nave near the rear

View of side entrance and nave

View of side entrance and nave

The arched entrances at the facade

The arched entrances at the facade

View of the side entrance

View of the side entrance

Full frontal of Pavia Church facade

Full frontal of Pavia Church facade

The rear of the church shows its hemispherical apse

The rear of the church shows its hemispherical apse

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