Aside from the Taal Basilica found at the heart of Taal Town, another church worth visiting is the Our Lady of Caysasay Shrine. Located in barrio Caysasay, it is our last stop before to head back to Manila.
Pilgrims have the chance to touch the image of the Virgin Mary by going to the stairs behind the shrine. We went up and took some time to offer prayers for our families and loved ones.
Our Lady of Caysasay is a celebrated 17th-century image of the Immaculate Conception,dated 1603.The image was found by a man named Juan Maningcad while casting his net in nearby Pansipit River,the image is about six inches high.The feast day of Our Lady of Caysasay is December 8. (source)
A beautifully carved stone dome or arch was also constructed over the spring near the church—so named Ang Balon ng Sta. Lucia or `the Wells of Santa Lucia. To this day, the site of the wells is known as `Banal na Pook' (sacred site) and vestiges of the spring running close to the wells is known as `Banal na Tubig' (sacred water). (source) The Shrine was believed to be where the image of the Virgin Mary was found.
Although small as compared to the Taal Basilica, it still maintains its charm to be one of Taal's most important religious places.
This trip to Taal Batangas happened last January 17-18, 2011. Here is a series of posts on our trip to one of the most well-preserved Spanish colonial town in our country. Discover the places we've been to, the people we met, the food we tasted and the experience we gained as we unravel the magnificence of this old town.
The Well-preserved Spanish Colonial Town of Taal | The Heritage Houses of Taal | Casa Punzalan, A Blast from the Past! | The Our Lady of Caysasay Shrine and Sacred Well of Sta. Lucia in Taal
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