Carcar, although considered a newbie as far as cityhood is concerned, is one of the oldest places in the Philippines. Situated some 45 kilometers from Cebu City, Carcar was the center of industry, commerce, and religion in the South during the Spanish regime. Carcar was basically a recreation of a Spanish village, containing all components like the plaza, the government offices, and the church. Following this system (with the church being the center of all activities,) all important structures [plaza, school, government offices, market, cemetery] are situated around the church. Carcar City is one rich example of the tradition left behind by the Spaniards.
Statues guarding the compound of the Church of St. Catherine of Alexandria
Church interior. Awesome retablo.
Intricate designs on the ceiling.
Common sights in old churches include:
– Crypts or burial chambers in church pillars, basement, and walls.
– Awesome floorworks which usually match the intricate ceiling designs.
– Two-way confessionals
– Ceiling-to-floor windows
– Side altars and retablos
– and Wooden pews.
The main altar.
Main facade of the church
One of the many statues
The other side of the church
Main entrance [screen just recently installed]
Church candle vendor
Statue of St. Catherine
Statue and the church
An old house [probably an office] just outside the church.
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