Attraction J.A. Clarin St Tagbilaran City Bohol, Philippin Published on: 13-11-2015
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Why Cathedral of San Jose is special ?
Cathedral of San Jose, or St. Joseph the Worker Cathedral is the most lively church among all as it is located in an area full of commercial buildings and establishments. St. Joseph the Worker is the patron saint of Tagbilaran City. The parish of Tagbilaran is one of the first 6 parishes founded by the Jesuit missionaries who came to Bohol in 1595. Saint Joseph the Worker, a favorite among the Jesuits, was enthroned as the patron saint by Rev. Fr. Joaquin de San Jose in 1767, a year before the Jesuits were expelled from the country. Tagbilaran City’s annual town fiesta is celebrated every 1st day of May. This cathedral has more schedules of mass compared to other churches in Tagbilaran City but it has the most number of attendees in every mass.
What to explore at Cathedral of San Jose?
The Tagbilaran Cathedral appears imposing outside, and is wide and roomy inside. It has a Neo-Romanesque façade with corbelled arches underneath the cornice. There is a porch before the main entrance. The statue of Saint Joseph, patron saint of Bohol, stands in front where once the atrial cross stood.
Both the interior and exterior of the church of Spanish times have been greatly renovated. Despite frequent renovations to meet modern-day requirements, some historic pieces still remain. The side altars are of the 18th century baroque style. The main or center altar, simply but elegantly decorated with ornate gold designs depicting symbols of Old Testament times, is in the 19th century Neoclassical style.
How to get to Cathedral of San Jose?
St. Joseph the Worker Cathedral is located near the Bohol Capitol and Plaza Rizal. The church is 10 minutes driving from Tagbilaran Airport. You can take a taxi or walk to the place.
- Witnessing mass is powerful experience
- Great historic site
- Cool and Quiet place
- Beautiful and Well maintained Church
- Good for a quick wander round
J.A. Clarin St Tagbilaran City Bohol, Philippin
Tips for you
The church is the usual old philippines style, but the thousands of birds that were settling down in their favorite tree opposite the church took my attention.. The park underneath it has a very jolly atmosphere where one can relax and observe the locals doing their usual routine.
The original church built in 1595 was razed to the ground on the 1798 earthquake. The current structure was reconstructed on 1839. Majestically, it survived the 2013 quake relatively intact. If it's your first visit to this cathedral, dont forget to make a wish!Btw, this church is also popularly known as Tagbilaran Cathedral