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Dauis Church

Dauis Church, officially known as the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, is one of the most significant historical and religious landmarks in Bohol, Philippines. Located on the island of Panglao, this church is celebrated for its unique blend of Byzantine and Romanesque architectural styles, making it a captivating destination for history buffs and spiritual seekers.

white church with spanish colonial architecture and a watch tower on the right side

Key Details Section

  • Location: Dauis, Panglao Island, Bohol Philippines.
  • Best Time to Visit:¬†The ideal time to visit Dauis Church is from December to February, when the weather is most pleasant.
  • Opening Hours:¬†Open daily from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
  • Entry Fee:¬†There is no entry fee, but donations are welcomed.

History

Established in the 17th century, Dauis Church has been a beacon of faith and resilience, surviving numerous renovations due to damages from natural disasters. The church is particularly famous for its miraculous well and stunning frescoes.

What to See and Do

  • Admire the Architecture:¬†The church‚Äôs intricate frescoes and detailed architectural designs are standout features.
  • Visit the Miraculous Well:¬†Believed to have healing properties, the well attracts both locals and tourists.
  • Participate in Mass:¬†Experience spiritual nourishment by participating in a local mass.
  • Explore the Museum:¬†A small museum inside the church holds artifacts and exhibits about its rich history.

Tips for Visitors

  • Modest Dress:¬†As a place of worship, modest dress is required.
  • Mass Schedule:¬†Check the local mass schedule to plan your visit accordingly.
  • Preservation Efforts:¬†Be respectful of the preservation efforts and avoid touching the frescoes.

Amenities

  • Restrooms¬†are available for visitors.
  • Parking¬†space is available but can be limited during peak times.
  • Souvenir Shops and Cafes¬†are found nearby, offering local crafts and refreshments.

How to Get There

From Tagbilaran City, Dauis Church is easily accessible by car or tricycle, approximately 10 kilometers away. For those staying on Panglao Island, various transport options like scooters or cars can be rented for more flexibility.

Nearby Attractions

  • Panglao Beaches:¬†Explore the beautiful beaches around Panglao Island.
  • Hinagdanan Cave:¬†A natural wonder with a deep lagoon inside.
  • Panglao Church:¬†Visit this nearby site for more historical and spiritual exploration. Click here for more information.

Accommodations

  1. Panglao Palms Apartelle: Provides a comfortable and serene environment just a short distance from Dauis Church.
  2. Amarela Resort: Features a cozy, artistic ambiance with a collection of local art.
  3. The Bellevue Resort: Known for its excellent facilities and ocean views.

Personal Experience

church aisle with black and white tiles, with traditional church chairs and artwork on the ceiling and some people inside the church

Visiting Dauis Church was a profoundly moving experience. The serene atmosphere and the artistic detail throughout the church provided a peaceful retreat and a chance to reflect. Seriously it was a bit embarassing to make a noise inside because of those artwork all over the church. The well, thought to have healing properties, was interesting to me. I always heard stories about things with healing properties when I was a kid. Visit our Blog page for more stories about Bohol travel.

FAQs

  • Can I take photos inside the church?
    Yes, photography is allowed inside the church; however, using flash is discouraged to protect the integrity of the artworks.
  • What are the visiting hours for the church museum?
    The museum is open from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday to Saturday.

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