I have fascinations for old churches and temples. The mere idea that an old church exist is like a magnet that pulls me. So here I am in Jimenez town in the province of Misamis Occidental.
At the gate, the church looks like one of the usual-old churches I have seen. At any rate, I have to get inside to say a little prayer, take pictures, appreciate religious arts and perhaps be blessed.
As I walked inside, my attention was first caught by an unusual smell – how do I say it, the smell of bats, smell of old wood, old water – unpleasant smell in other words. But it was nothing when I started to notice what is inside the church.
The ceiling is unusual because the paintings/designs were not done directly on the wood-ceiling but rather on a canvass which was later on pasted with adhesive. The canvass are the original ones that have been here since its construction in the 17th century.
The columns are made of hard woods and these are the very woods used centuries ago.
The church is adorned with old images of saints.
To date, the church of Saint John the Baptist Church is Jimenez has been declared a National Treasure for Culture by the National Historical Institute.
Truly indeed, the church of Saint John the Baptist in Jimenez is not one of the usual churches I have seen. It is among the best preserved and most beautiful churches the Philippines has.
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