Church of the Holy Cross (Tanza, Cavite)

Church of the Holy Cross

The Church of the Holy Cross (also called the Diocesan Shrine of St. Augustine), started in 1839, was destroyed 20 years later during a strong earthquake.


The church was rebuilt in 1873 by Fr. Jose Trobat. On May 3, 1980, it was declared as a Marked Structure (of Historical Significance) by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines.

The 3-level Baroque facade


Its 3-level Baroque façade has a semicircular arched main entrance with portico, above which is a square window, flanked by paired superpositioned flat pilasters and statued niches. The segmental pediment has a semicircular arched statued niche at the tympanum.

The 4-storey bell tower

The 4-storey bell tower, sitting on a square base, has semicircular arched openings on the upper octagonal storeys. It is topped by a dome with a campanile on top.

The church interior

Church of the Holy Cross: Tanza – Trece Martires Rd., Tanza 4108, Cavite. Tel: (046) 437-7086. Feast of St. Augustine: August 28

How to Get There: Tanza is located 33 kilometers from Manila, 12.7 kilometers from Trece Martires City, 3.7 kilometers from Rosario, 12.8 kilometers from Naic and 6 kilometers from Noveleta.

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