Information about Baclayon Church
Baclayon Church in Bohol is a declared National Cultural Treasure and National Historic Landmark. It is one of the Philippines' oldest Catholic churches — structurally original and still with authentic materials — dating back to 1727. The actual parish missionary (officially named La Purisima Concepción de la Virgen Parish) was founded by Jesuits in 1596, only a few decades after Spanish conquistadors arrived.
While a significant tourist attraction, Baclayon Church is still managed by local parishioners. For tourists, the reception feels quaint and warm, somewhat loosely organized. When there are no mass services, visitors enter from the small museum, previously a convent. Various religious antiques from as far back as the 16th century are on display.
How to get there
The church is only 6 km from Tagbilaran City, located along the seaside National Road. This makes it a very accessible starting point for touring Bohol province.
From Dau Bus Terminal in Tagbilaran City, look for a jeepney going to Baclayon. Ask the driver to drop you off at Baclayon Church beforehand.
Best time to visit
Baclayon Church is a cultural landmark that can be visited anytime, regardless of weather or season. This historical church is open from 8 AM to 7 PM every day.
What’s the history behind the restoration of the church?
It took more than four years until the church was fully restored. This time, the rebuilding involved a multi-million budget spearheaded by the Diocese of Tagbilaran and the National Historical Commission. They worked on a new facade and frescoes, the tower and its centuries-old bells, the three altars or retablos, and the antique pulpit and pipe organ. The Papal Nuncio officiated the Eucharistic mass for the reopening in February 2018.