|Conversion of Saint Paul Church|
Like a crown jewel placed on a pedestal, the church imposes an immediate sense of reverence with it's massive facade made of cut coral stone blocks. The three tier front is divided by decorative Doric columns, in between each are hollow niches and windows with stained glass. A media naraja (half orange) pediment with a small belfy on top finishes the edifice, with the image of St. Paul enshrined in a niche in it's center.
|Floral bas reliefs with emblems decorate the facade|
|Benches in the patio fronting the church|
|Renovated interiors, good thing it it not overdone|
|Flight of stairs to the belfry|
|Old beams in the ceiling|
Good to note that even if it's open, the way is a bit narrow. But the way to heaven, as they say, is no heaven. But the hard work is surely paid off with the magnificent view of the town that awaits you.
|Antique icon on St. Paul guarding the town|
It's nearing noon, but the air in the belfry is still cool and fresh.
|View from the Tower of Power|
Two old bells can be found in the belfry, one is dated 1872.
|Alarm clock anyone?|
See the cracked part? Clumsy as always, I scraped my arm, creating a shallow wound. Great souvenir. =)
Also interesting to see are the carvings on the right side entrance, as well as the old convent which is now converted into a multi-purpose hall, but still were able to maintain the old coral stone walls.
|Side entrance and large wooden beams|
Thinking of a sidetrip? Me and my friend, multi-awarded blogger Estan Cabigas of simbahan.net found this old watchtower locally known as castillo. Just ride a tricycle from the church, and tell the driver to take you to the 'lumang castillo'.
|Old watchtower made of cut coral blocks. Beachfront immediately below it with clear and clean waters|