Thursday, March 17, 2011

Baguio Cathedral

The Our Lady of Atonement Cathedral in Baguio is also famous among the local tourists, owing to the country's large population of Roman Catholics. It could be easily found along the stretch of Session Road going uphill. Its location is a former settlement camp of the native Ibalois in the late 1800s.

Construction of the cathedral was started on 1920 by phases, then completed on 1936 thru the efforts of then parish priest Fr. Florimono Carlu. Good thing that it had survived the carpet bombing of Baguio during the American-Japanese war in 1945, as it doubled as evacuation center of the civilian population.

As expected of any cathedral, it has high ceilings. It also assumes the shape of a cross towards the altar, if viewed from the top.

Despite its age, the walls are still in good condition. Even the stained glasses still look freshly made.
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