Baroque Churches of the Philippines

UNESCO RegionAsia and the Pacific
CoordinatesN14 35 24 E120 58 12
Inscription Date1993
Minor Modifications2013
Type of HeritageCultural
CriteriaTo exhibit an important interchange of human values - over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world - on developments in architecture or technology; monumental arts; town-planning or landscape design
CriteriaTo be an outstanding example of a type of building; architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history
All ThreatsHousing
All ThreatsWater rain/water table
All ThreatsRitual / spiritual / religious and associative uses
Unesco Reference Number677
State of Conservation Report
DescriptionThese 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.
StatusWorld Heritage Site