Your question: Do we have Baroque architecture in the Philippines?

The Baroque architecture in the Philippines was designed to protect structures from calamities especially earthquakes. The architecture is known as “Earthquake Baroque” and Paoay Church is one of the most notable “earthquake baroque” structures in the country.

What is Baroque design?

The Baroque is a highly ornate and elaborate style of architecture, art and design that flourished in Europe in the 17th and first half of the 18th century. Originating in Italy, its influence quickly spread across Europe and it became the first visual style to have a significant worldwide impact.

Who built the churches in Philippines?

These four churches, the first of which was built by the Spanish in the late 16th century, are located in Manila, Santa Maria, Paoay and Miag-ao. Their unique architectural style is a reinterpretation of European Baroque by Chinese and Philippine craftsmen.

How do you identify Baroque architecture?

You can usually recognise a Baroque house by the central span of the façade, where the door or gate is located. The design of this span is usually more elaborate than the rest of the façade. Many of Antwerp’s houses, convents and almshouses then and now have such a typical, striking entrance.

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