The Jaro Belfry

The belfry, campanario, or bell tower is a given fixture of every Catholic church. It houses the bells, which basically toll the hours, call the people to mass, and announce important events.

The belfry, campanario, or bell tower is a given fixture of every Catholic church. It houses the bells, which basically toll the hours, call the people to mass, and announce important events.

During the Spanish times, the belfry also served as watchtower against invaders. Such was the case of the Jaro belfry built around 1744. Made of bricks and limestone blocks, it was a three story tower 29 meters high. On July 17, 1787, the campanario was heavily damaged by a strong earthquake. Reconstruction only began in 1833 under the supervision of an Augustinian friar, Fr. Jesse Alvarez.

About a decade ago, the reconstruction of the Jaro Belfry was began under the supervision of the National Historical Institute. It is intended as a viewing deck and tourist center.

Now, it stands as a piece from the past where people pass by the enormous big town of Jaro. With it’s nearing religious fiesta this coming February 2, no one can dare but to amaze the growing population of the Plaza (which lies just under the foot of this belfry) since there are events held in this place. It stands across the Cathedral of Jaro. This brown-piece belfry that can be seen towering above other buildings, is an attraction to most of the tourists here. This coming fiesta, the deity, Nuestra Senyora De La Candelaria (or Our Lady of Candles) idol will be brought from the Cathedral down to the Plaza where it will be showcased and back to the Church. Rumors said that this idol is growing in size.

And in Jaro Belfry, no one can help but to go up at the top of the belfry and watch religious festival go - and of course, in a very nice view since this belfry stands in the center of the activity.

More information in this site: http://www.vistapinas.com/article/jaro-belfry

Here are some shots taken by different cameras in different times.

written by ethermoon on 2009-01-12 in #world #locations #jaro-belfry #philippines #iloilo

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