Baroque Churches of the Philippines, the Early Chapter

San Agustin Museum, the Baroque Art Treasure of the Philippines
Before understanding Baroque Churches of the Philippines is. We need to understand what Baroque art is. For me, an Asian who has lived in country where Western influences in the way of life not much, it is interesting and requires more effort to study.
What is Baroque?
It is a period and the style. Began around the 16th century in Rome, Italy, and then spread throughout Europe.

The response of the Roman Catholic Church to the Protestant Reformation at that time resulted in the religion that makes use of art to convey the themes distinctly, emotionally, elaborately and gorgeously. 

Baroque art were used extensively from architecture, sculpture, painting, literature, dance to music. Beside architecture in churches and monasteries, Baroque art was style of palaces and mansions as well. 


The Baroque Churches of the Philippines 
When the Spanish Conquistadors occupied the Philippines in the 16th century and Christianity was embarked. The churches were built up in European style in that era. There were any modifications to suit the environment by Chinese and native workers.

Fast Facts: 
Baroque Churches of the Philippines Characteristics

  • The interpretation of Baroque style in Europe. 
  • The religious and politics implications. 
  • Use of local materials, such as Coral Stone.
  • Its innovative design, leading to a new tradition in the church building. 
  • Regard of the strength that is resistant to earthquakes called "Earthquake Baroque". 
  • Chinese and Filipino construction workers.  
See each Baroque Church I've visited: San Agustin, Paoay Church and Santa Maria Church

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