The ruined heritage cemetery chapel of Bantayan

Interior of the now ruined cemetery chapel with niches

Interior of the now ruined cemetery chapel with niches

It was heartbreaking to see the ruined heritage cemetery chapel of Bantayan in northern Cebu. I don’t know when this was ruined but it would have been a good example of Secular cemetery architecture. In the province of Cebu, most of the cemetery architecture were built by the Augustinians and good examples can be found in Cebu City and the southeastern towns. The Seculars in the province do have some but these are usually just the perimeter fence and entrance arch.

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The cemetery of Bantayan is located distant from the church with most of its low perimeter fence sans the entrance arch or gate. Inside, at the rear end, the ruins of a modest sized cemetery chapel is located. Only portions of its three walls: the back and sides are intact but crumbling. The facade has long been gone. The interior of the walls have niches.

Flanking this cemetery chapel are spans of apartment type niches that are still being used. Some niches though are empty and a close inspection will give you an idea of how these were constructed. There are no inscribed dates that can be seen, when this was built but, like most heritage cemeteries in the country that are located far from the church, these are usually 19th century.

Interior of the now ruined cemetery chapel with niches

Interior of the now ruined cemetery chapel with niches

Interior of the now ruined cemetery chapel with niches

Interior of the now ruined cemetery chapel with niches

Spanish colonial era apartment type niches that flank the now ruined cemetery chapel

Spanish colonial era apartment type niches that flank the now ruined cemetery chapel

Detail of one niche interior

Detail of one niche interior

Antique apartment type niches that are still being used

Antique apartment type niches that are still being used

Ruins of the cemetery chapel

Ruins of the cemetery chapel

Spanish colonial era apartment type niches that flank the now ruined cemetery chapel

Spanish colonial era apartment type niches that flank the now ruined cemetery chapel

Spanish colonial era apartment type niches that flank the now ruined cemetery chapel

Spanish colonial era apartment type niches that flank the now ruined cemetery chapel

Low wall at the front of the cemetery

Low wall at the front of the cemetery

Detail of the wall at front of cemetery

Detail of the wall at front of cemetery

A modern cemetery chapel at present

A modern cemetery chapel at present

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