Assumption of Our Lady Church in Dauis, Bohol was built in 1774 by Frs. Diego de Ayala and Joseph Gregorio of the Jesuit priesthood. While the present structure was later built in 1863, its original octagonal three-level bell tower still stands to the left side of the church to this day. The neo-Gothic bell tower consists of finals at the belfry’s cornice and narrow campanile windows that mark off each bay. Crockets line the spire’s vertical sweeps and edges.
The church’s eclectic style is a tribute to its 19th century roots – an era when revival styles in architecture were commonplace. Fittingly, its façade borrows from Romanesque and Renaissance architecture, which are also expressed at the building’s apex. The first level has an arched columnade embroidered with florid molded trims atop each arch. Meanwhile, the entire second level was designed to resemble a small classical temple with its decorative windows surrounding each bay. Perhaps the church’s most unique feature is its fresh water-well that flows by the main altar.
As a result of the earthquake, the church’s façade and portico have been reduced to rubble.References:
Bohol's Old Churches. <http://www.bohol.ph/article8.html>.
Galende, Pedro G. Philippine Church Façades. Quezon City: San Agustin Museum, 2007. Print.