Heritage Series: Visita Iglesia in Sta. Ana Church, Pampanga

Sta. Ana Church in Pampanga is a beautiful and magnificent landmark in the town center.

Sta. Ana Church in Sta. Ana town, Pampanga is a classically beautiful structure that is worthy of admiration and pride. Located along the highway in the town center, Sta. Ana Church is not hard to find at all.

Visita Iglesia

This age-old Filipino custom, believed to have originated in Rome, is certainly worth preserving, not just to strengthen faith but also to teach both young and old to appreciate art and history.

Maundy Thursday Drive

We wanted a respite from Manila traffic, thus we decided to visit churches in Pampanga and Nueva Ecija. We hit the road early, just a little before dawn broke, as such there were just a few vehicles on the expressway.

Notwithstanding, we were still suddenly gripped by a feeling of awe and peculiarity as we traversed a road that was half-deserted.

I knew a good number of churches that we could visit in Nueva Ecija. As for Pampanga, I only knew a handful, mostly those that are along the main highway.

I remembered seeing a church after the town of San Simon but I couldn’t exactly recall where it was exactly. We were already at the Sta. Ana town proper when suddenly a belfry came into view; I knew we have arrived at our first destination.

Binondo Church look-alike

The walls of Sta. Ana Church, however, looked as if it were just recently renovated, plastered with a layer of cement. I guess it suffered a fate similar to other antique churches that have been unwittingly given a facelift by parish priests.

Sta. Ana Church was still beautiful, no doubt, but it would have been more glorious had the original mossy adobe walls been retained. Sta. Ana Church’s façade, devoid of elaborate intricacies, was gorgeous in its simplicity.

The same minimalism resonated into the cavernous interiors of Sta. Ana Church. Although the altar was partially hidden by a black curtain, it was evident that it was the grand, gilded centerpiece of the whole structure.

Sta. Ana Church also featured a massive hexagonal four-story bell tower that had blind and open recesses to keep with the symmetry of the facade. The top of Sta. Ana Church’s bell-tower, meanwhile, featured a balustraded dome and cross.

History of Sta. Ana Church

Materials used for the construction of Sta. Ana Church was sourced from neighboring towns and provinces (viewsfromthepampang.blogspot.com). Additional structures around Sta. Ana Church was built over a span of several decades.

Today, Sta. Ana Church stands as a witness to the rich history of Sta. Ana town as well as to the resilience and faith of her populace.

Originally published at https://www.ivankhristravels.com.

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