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Basilica de San Martin de Tours (Oldest Church in Taal, Batangas)

Basilica de San Martin de Tours (Oldest Church in Taal, Batangas)

Photo Credit : Dexter Panganiban

Basilica de San Martin de Tours (Oldest Church in Taal, Batangas) , is a big catholic church located in Taal Batangas. It is known to be the biggest church in Asia. Here is an excerpt of Church History as mentioned in Wikipedia :

Taal Basilica was first built in present day San Nicolas, Batangas,by Fray.Deigo Espina in 1575 under the Augustinians, with San Martin de Tours as patron saint. In 1754 the church was destroyed along with the town Taal in the eruption of the Taal volcano. It was then that the church was transferred to its present site. Father Martin Aguirre donated the land for the new church in 1755, but in 1849 it was destroyed again by an earthquake. Construction of the new church began in 1856 to 1878, the Spanish architect Luciano Oliver commissioned to design and manage the construction of the present church. A small tower was made on its left side but it was destroyed during Japanese occupation. It was reconstructed later and it was then taller than the original. The church was made into a basilica on 8 December 1954 and was declared a national shrine on January 16, 1974. Taal Basilica is considered as the biggest church in the Philippines and in Asia.

Basilica of Taal is famous for it’s facade and artistic view inside . The interior is in the form of a Latin cross with wide aisles on each side containing the small retablos, carossas. The church is located in the Taal Town proper which is a walking distance from the Taal Public Market. On it’s side is the OLCA ( Our Lady of Caysasay Academy ) and Rizal College of Taal Batangas.

Basilica de San Martin de Tours (Oldest Church in Taal, Batangas)

Photo Credit : Dexter Panganiban

Basilica of San Martin de Tours got it’s name from Taal Batangas patron saint, Martin of Tours.

I believe that this is one of the best tourist spot in Taal Batangas. The church has it’s bell tower, where you can see a good view of Balayan Bay and Taal Lake. You could also see the old houses in Taal from the top. The Bell Tower of the Basilica is not always open for viewing. You need to have an approval to the person in charge of the church. Just be careful in going up.

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Comments (12)


  1. […] Taal enjoy swimming and visiting old pre-hispanic houses. Taal is also a place where you could see Basilica of Taal Batangas; the largest Catholic Church is […]

  2. janice says:

    hello! We’re planning for our wedding on October and I would prefer it to be here, do you know of any possible place for reception? and does the church have a hall we can rent and possibly use for reception? thank you very much!

  3. Dexter says:


    Below thea church there is a place called escuela pia, normally they use this as a reception and rent for catering. I think you could coordinate in the municipal hall of taal

  4. janice says:

    thanks dexter! question pa, caterers? 🙂 dressmakers? thanks!

  5. Dexter says:


    Welcome. You may want to contact my parents residing in Taal they will be able to discuss this to you.. You may contact them through : You may Contact them thru the following contact details

    Taal Public Market Phone # 0063-43-4081504

    Mr Gerry and Lheen Cel # – 0063-916-7905898

    Tell them that you saw it from the site..

  6. janice says:

    thanks so much God bless!

  7. Don Lizardo says:

    We would like to know if there is a fishing ground para sa gustong mag-pleasure fishing. May dala na kaming fishing rod. Saan pa ba puedeng mamasyal sa malapitan maliban sa public market at cathdral? Thank you.

  8. Dexter says:

    @Don Lizardo,

    Yan ang di ko po alam. Siguro kung talagang fishign ground ang pinaka malapit ay yung sa may Taal Lake..

    Then kung sa mga psayalan po.. marami pa kayo pwedeng pasyalan tulad ng mga lumanag bahay na malapit din naman sa Basilica.

  9. […] details about the history of Taal. The video also show those people responsible for building the Basilica of Taal. It also explain why Taal church is far from the Taal Volcano. So check out the video and let me […]


    I am from Taal, Batangas. If you have any article about St. Martin of Tours, how did he become the Patron Saint of our town, Taal, Batangas.

    Also, could you share some testimonials on St. Martin of Tours. I was very young and heard one of the miracles that happened, according to many very young school children, they saw St. Martin of Tours riding on his horse up on the air, and was told that they saw St. Martin of Tours all sweating, back on his horse inside the church. Do you have any article about this and other miracles that we don’t know.

    Would appreciate very much if you have time to get back to me.

    Thank you so much.

    Jeanette Cosio Ilagan

  11. Celsa says:

    hi po. gusto ko po ask san ko pwede mcontact ang pinaka namamahala ng taal church?kasi plano po sana naming jan ganapin ung kasal namin .thanks

  12. Ching Del Rosario says:

    Good day!
    We are having our educational trip this coming Dec. 15, and we are glad if we can included Basilica de San Martin de Tours.
    We are glad if you can give us some further details for our visit including the time the church is open.
    Hoping for your kind and favourable reply in soonest possibel time. Thank you

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