Malolos Cathedral and the Malolos Republic

Malolos Cathedral
Malolos Cathedral or the Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception is one of the historical churches in the Philippines, located in Malolos City, Province of Bulacan. The construction of this church started in 1814 and was finished in 1817, under Fray. Melchor Fernández. Like many of the other century old churches in the country, Malolos Cathedral was also damaged by earthquakes.

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Malolos Cathedral convent, served as the office of General Emilio Aguinaldo y Famy as President of the First Philippine Republic, held his office from September 10, 1898 to March 29, 1899.   It is now the seat of the Diocese of Malolos, and has been the bastion of faith for the past centuries and beside this old church is the tree planted by Pres. Aguinaldo.

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The predominant feature of the Cathedral-Basilica is the semi-circular arch in its lower part. The facade is divided by single and coupled Doric columns in three segments, and is dominated by large semi-circular arches of the openings in the first level, and the smaller ones superimposed on the second level which are alternately semicircular and segmented. source:

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Left side of the church facade, a centuries-old tree has been a living witness to many historic events that transpired on this hollowed plaza.  It was planted by Pres. Aguinaldo during a lull in the historic Malolos Convention.When General Emilio Aguinaldo y Famy used the Malolos Cathedral convent as Palacio Presidencial from September 10, 1898 to March 29, 1899, he transacted many affairs of states under the shade of this tree. Beside the bell tower of this historical structure is the tower of bells.  The bells that attracts attention of the tourist because of the its design, the number of bells and the brilliant gold color of it.

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