Friday, May 25, 2012

Church of Santo Tomas de Villanueva, Philippines

The church of Santo Tomàs de Villanueva in Miag-ao is among the best examples in the Philippines of the “fortress baroque” style.

Built of local yellow-orange sandstone, the large fortress-church was completed in 1797. The church withstood typhoons and earthquakes, but it burned twice: first was during the revolution against Spain in 1898 and the second was during the Philippine-American War a few years later.
From a series of stamps about fish: a Copper-band Butterflyfish, a Picasso Trigger and a Murex Shell.


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