The Barasoain Church
The Barasoain Church (also known as Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish), built in 1630, is a Roman Catholic Church made of stone blocks. The architectural style of the church was late 1800s eclectic, a mix of Baroque, Romanesque and Neo-classical styles. In the case of Barasoain, the facade is mainly oval-style Baroque.
The church consists of two structures: the church and an adjoining convent. At the left of the Church is a hexagonal three-tiered medieval bell tower, with an arched window on each face. On the top of the bell tower, is what used to be a battlement, added with a pointed roof and with decorated with crenels. Behind the bell tower is a courtyard, which contains a chapel and several sculptures, including a Pieta.
The church has three arched door entrances made of hard wood, intricately carved with images of biblical scenes. Above the two doors on both sides are small arched windows painted in white, done in Romanesque style with local touch, in which capiz shells are used instead of stained glass to let light in. Situated above the main door is a large round rose window, also painted in white and made just the same with the arched windows. Above it is an arched opening with a statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. On the center of the topmost part is a round pediment.
Depicted inside the Church is a single nave which is subdivided into three aisles by two symmetrical rows of wooden posts which serve as a support for the roof structure and its arched ceilings. Its architectural design is simple however, it has paintings in its ceilings and domes which make it look bigger than its actual size. The images in the ceiling are those from the Stations of the Cross and the mysteries of the Holy Rosary. The altar inside is made with granolithic topping and overlaid with marble veneers. At the front of the altar lies the altar rails which are attached to wooden blocks. On its sides of the altar are the images of Divine Mercy and St. Joseph. Confession boxes are depicted on the side, near the image of the Black Nazarene. Situated above the pews is the choir loft.
Interior embellishments also include floral motifs and frescoes of angels and saints. The Romanesque revival is clearly represented by the rose windows, arched windows, receding arches, the bell tower’s solid base wall, the battlement of the top tier, and the pointed bell tower cap.