Santa Maria Church World Heritage Site

Roman Catholic parish church in Santa Maria, Ilocos Sur, Philippines and a World Heritage Site

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Santa Maria Church
Our Lady of the Assumption Parish Church
Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción
Sta. Maria Church, Ilocos Sur.jpg
A quarter view of Santa Maria Church showing the facade and buttresses
Santa Maria Church is located in Philippines
Santa Maria Church
Santa Maria Church
Location in the Philippines
17°22′0″N 120°28′59.2″E / 17.36667°N 120.483111°E / 17.36667; 120.483111Coordinates: 17°22′0″N 120°28′59.2″E / 17.36667°N 120.483111°E / 17.36667; 120.483111
LocationSanta Maria, Ilocos Sur
CountryPhilippines
DenominationRoman Catholic
History
StatusParish church
DedicationOur Lady of the Assumption
Architecture
Functional statusActive
Heritage designationUNESCO World Heritage Site (1993)
Designated
Architectural typeChurch
StyleEarthquake Baroque
Groundbreaking1765
Specifications
Length99 meters (325 ft) wide.[1]
Width22.7 meters (74 ft)
Number of floors2
Number of towers1
Number of spires2
MaterialsBrick
Administration
ArchdioceseNueva Segovia
Clergy
ArchbishopMarlo Mendoza Peralta
Official nameChurch of Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion
Part ofBaroque Churches of the Philippines
CriteriaCultural: (ii)(iv)
Reference677bis-002
Inscription1993 (17th session)
Extensions2013

The Church of Our Lady of the Assumption (Nuestra Señora de la Asunción), commonly known as the Santa Maria Church is the parish church of Santa Maria in Ilocos Sur province, Philippines. The church was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site on December 11, 1993 as part of the Baroque Churches of the Philippines, a collection of four Baroque Spanish-era churches.[2]

The Santa Maria Church is an attraction to both tourists and Catholics in Ilocos Sur. It is not only a reminiscent of the four centuries of Spanish domination of that area but also a unique structure with a diversified architectural design of bricks and mortar. It was built on top of a hill not only as a lookout and a citadel but as a religious center during the early administration of the region by both the friars and soldiers of Spain.

  1. ^ Cite error: The named reference GE was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  2. ^ Dacumos, Jane (2012-08-03). "The Nuestra Señora de la Asuncion – Ilocos Sur". Vigattin tourism. Retrieved on 2014-01-24.

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