Despite its size and elegant architectural design, and unlike many churches, its unpainted exterior make this church less eye-catching. Not knowing any detail about this church made me more curious. I could have googled some information but that is not me--most of the time.
However, the church was closed, so I had to be contented with photographing the exterior. Anyway, I thought, I was more interested with Dimiao Church. Suddenly from nowhere, the church caretaker appeared upon seeing us photographing and trying to get in the locked door.
|The 8-point flower-shaped design at the transept.|
While it was being opened, we were told by the caretaker that the church is special because its distinctive feature and pride is its wooden floor. Excitement grew inside me! Not that I have not seen a church with a wooden floor. Our university chapel has a wooden floor, just because it is on the second floor, but it was my first time to see an old, BIG church with a wooden floor! Of course, blog story lines kept running through my mind while scanning the interiors for photography subjects. With few minutes to spare, I had to forego some details inside the church and focus on its special feature--its floor.
The wooden floor is made of alternating dark (tindalo) and light (molave) wood planks. At the transept, an 8-point flower design is used for the floor while a herringbone pattern is used in the rest of the church.
|The view from the pulpit.|
Further research revealed that the construction phase was from 1870 to 1877 under the supervision of Fr. Mariano Cornago, while Fr. Francisco Arraya saw its completion, including the installation of the wooden floor from 1878 to 1892. (WikiPilipinas)
The church has a four-storey facade and two pyramid towers. Like many churches, the church is cruciform. It has a steep roof but with an arched ceiling.
Another interesting fact about this church is its basement, which is only accessible to church workers.
The Sto. Niño church is located in the town of Valencia, which is 42 km. east of Tagbilaran City.
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