Malolos Cathedral todayBesides being blessed with beautiful, fertile lands, Malolos City in the province of Bulacan is prominent in the nation’s history and religion as it also has many churches of dating back many years but still preserve their splendor and are still servicing the needs of the faithful. The most prominent of these is the Minor Minor Basilica of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception.
Malolos Cathedral, also known as the Basilica Minore dela Nuestra Señora de Inmaculada Concepcion in Spanish or Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception in English, is the ecclesiastical seat of the Diocese of Malolos in the Philippines.
Malolos Cathedral1The Minor Basilica of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception is also a spectacular piece of architecture, the predominant feature of the Cathedral-Basilica is the semi-circular arch in its lower part that boasts of its Baroque design. The ornamentation is moderate; the massing is well balanced and the symmetrical movement of the columns and openings are almost Neo-Classic. The facade is divided by single and coupled Doric columns in three segments, and is dominated by large semi-circular arches of the openings in the first level, and the smaller ones superimposed on the second level which are alternately semicircular and segmented. The triangular pediment strongly outlined by heavily projecting broken cornices is topped by a sort of acroteria in the center and torch-like finials. A statued niche flanked by fluted pilasters topped by a segmented canopy crowns the silted frame of the center window. Triglyphs decorate the frieze and a stylized Augustinian emblem decorates the center of pediment. The over-all impression is one of the neatness of line, counterbalanced by the dramatic circular of the openings.

 

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