The St. Mary Magdalene Church of Kawit, also known as Kawit Church is one of the oldest churches in the Philippines. It is located few minutes away from the Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite. The president of the First Philippine Republic, Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo was baptized in this church.
The construction of the present Kawit Church started in 1737. The church is cruciform architecture with single nave. It is primarily made of bricks, stone and wood. At the right side of the façade is a four-story bell tower. The sides of the church have a total of 14 sets of windows each with a small stained-glass depicting the fourteen Stations of the Cross. Below each window is another arc-shaped window for air circulation.
During the Philippine-American War in 1898, the Kawit Church was almost destroyed by the bombardment of the Americans. The church was restored in 1990 by the citizens of Kawit. During the same year, it was marked as a Historical Structure of the Philippines by the National Historical Institute now known as the National Historical Commission of the Philippines.
How to get to St. Mary Magdalene Church?
From Baclaran, take a bus bound to Cavite City which passes through the town of Kawit, Cavite, Travel time is nearly an hour. It is just few minutes away from the Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo Shrine. (Read previous blog about the shrine here.)
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