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Location  Malabon, Metro Manila
Denomination  Roman Catholic
Architectural type  Church building
Width  25 m
Archbishop  Luis Antonio Tagle
Country  Philippines
Functional status  Active
Length  70 m
Status  Parish church
Malabon Church
Dedication  St. Bartholomew the Apostle
Address  Rizal Ave Ext, Malabon, Metro Manila, Philippines
Diocese  Roman Catholic Diocese of Kalookan
Archdiocese  Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila
Similar  Caloocan Cathedral, Ermita de San Nicolas d, Santo Rosario de Pasig Ch, Cubao Cathedral, Sampaloc Church

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San Bartolome Church is a Roman Catholic church located in Poblacion, Malabon, Metro Manila, Philippines. The church's titular is Malabon's patron saint, Saint Bartholomew the Apostle whose feast day falls on every 24th day of August.

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History

A former visita of Tondo, Malabon was founded on May 21, 1599. In 1614, it became an independent parish, with Father Luis Gutierrez as vicar prior. When Fether Diego de Robles became prior of Malabon in 1621, he began the construction of the first stone church a year after.

The construction was gradual as additions were made by succeeding priests. The transept was added in 1835 under Father Francisco Valencia. The two lateral aisles together with the media naranja dome were added when Father Raimundo Cueto assumed the post of minister of Malabon in 1854. This was done in collaboration with architects Vina and Urquiza. In 1861, construction of the Parthenon-like facade and the twin towers began under the direction of Luciano Oliver and supervision of parish priest Fr. Martin Ruiz.

During World War II, San Bartolome Church suffered heavy damages and restoration began only in 1951 under the secular priest Father Trinidad. In 1958, Father Reyes took on the task of repairing the dome, transept, main altar, and the belfry.

San Bartolome Church now has seven bells, two of which are dedicated to Santa Rita and one to San Bartolome. One bell has Father Guillermo Diaz's name inscribed on it. Father Diaz, OSA, was minister of Tambobong from 1881-1885.

In celebration of the church's 400th anniversary, the Philippine Postal Corporation issued a limited edition stamp designed by Victorino Serevo. The stamp measures 80mm by 30mm and bears the image of St. Bartholome alongside the old Malabon Church.

Architecture

San Bartolome Church's protruding triangular pediment, supported by the colonnade of the facade, bears Augustinian symbol and the year 1861. The facade features eight imposing ionic columns reminiscent of a Greco-Roman temple. Measuring 70.14 metres (230.1 ft) by 25.05 metres (82.2 ft), the church has a central nave and two aisles, transept, and a dome in the media naranja or barrel vault style which is cupped by a campanile.

The main entrance to the church is a jubilee door decorated with wood carvings. Numerous paintings framed with gold leaf line the church ceiling.

A simple yet elegant retablo can be found in the sanctuary where the image of Saint Bartholomew the Apostle is surrounded by the image of the Blessed Virgin Mary above, the tabernacle below, and St. Augustine and St. Anthony of Padua on both sides.

The writer I.V. Mallari, a native of Malabon, writes that the church is "one of the most beautiful examples of ecclesiastical architecture that Spain has left this country."'

References

Malabon Church Wikipedia


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