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Information about San Jose Church

4.5
28 Google reviews
Type
Church
Location
Batanes
Distance From City Center
1.7 km
Family Friendly
No
Average rating
4.5
Number of reviews
28

San Jose Church

San Jose Church, also known as the Ivana Church, is a Roman Catholic church dedicated to Saint Joseph in Ivana, Batanes. In 2008, the National Historical Commission of the Philippines designated the church as a National Historical Landmark.

The Dominicans founded the church of Ivana as a chapel in 1787. In the beginning, there were three mission chapels in Ivana: Kadpidan, Said, and Radiwan.

The church was built with the intention of serving the people of Sabtang, Ivana, and Uyugan. The Sabtang settlers had been forcefully resettled in Ivana, but were later able to return to their island, decreasing the congregation's population. 

Space in the church's nave that was no longer used was closed off in 1844. After being partly devastated by an earthquake in 2000, the church was later rebuilt in 2001 under the tenure of Father Gumersindo Hernandez.

 

How to get there

Ride a tricycle going to San Jose Church once you arrive at Radiwan port.

 

Best time to visit

San Jose Church is open for all tourists anytime of day.

Frequently asked questions

What are the main features of San Jose Church?

The remains of the church's deserted section can still be found today. Aside from the church, it also has a crenellated bell tower. 

What is a unique highlight of San Jose Church?

The monastery, which is part of the church building, has an unusual circular masonry work near the stairway.