One of the four component churches of the serial inscription "Baroque Churches of the Philippines". The church in Sta. Maria is dedicated to the Nuestra Sra. dela Asuncion. It is located on top of a walled hill, offering a commanding view of the town and its harbour. The pagoda-like detached belltower is leaning, while the brick church displays heavy ground buttresses on its sides to help the structure withstand earthquakes. Surprisingly, unlike most towns wherein the church is the center of the locality, this church is situated in the highest promontory of Sta. Maria.   In 2010, this church was, likewise, included in the "100 Most Endangered Sites in the World" by the World Monument Fund due to collapsing walls.

One of the four component churches of the serial inscription “Baroque Churches of the Philippines”. The church in Sta. Maria is dedicated to the Nuestra Sra. dela Asuncion. It is located on top of a walled hill, offering a commanding view of the town and its harbour. The pagoda-like detached belltower is leaning, while the brick church displays heavy ground buttresses on its sides to help the structure withstand earthquakes. Surprisingly, unlike most towns wherein the church is the center of the locality, this church is situated in the highest promontory of Sta. Maria.   In 2010, this church was, likewise, included in the “100 Most Endangered Sites in the World” by the World Monument Fund due to collapsing walls.

One of the four component churches of the serial inscription “Baroque Churches of the Philippines”. The church in Sta. Maria is dedicated to the Nuestra Sra. dela Asuncion. It is located on top of a walled hill, offering a commanding view of the town and its harbour. The pagoda-like detached belltower is leaning, while the brick church displays heavy ground buttresses on its sides to help the structure withstand earthquakes. Surprisingly, unlike most towns wherein the church is the center of the locality, this church is situated in the highest promontory of Sta. Maria.   In 2010, this church was, likewise, included in the “100 Most Endangered Sites in the World” by the World Monument Fund due to collapsing walls.
By Bernard Joseph Esposo Guerrero bjeg2000@gmail.com

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One of the four component churches of the serial inscription 'Baroque Churches of the Philippines'. The church in Sta. Maria is dedicated to the Nuestra Sra. dela Asuncion. It is located on top of a walled hill, offering a commanding view of the town and its harbour. The pagoda-like...