Batanes San Jose de Obrero Church in Ivana One Of The Top 10 Travel Destinations In The Philippines - Travel Philippines Now

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Batanes San Jose de Obrero Church in Ivana One Of The Top 10 Travel Destinations In The Philippines

Batanes is an archipelagic province in the Philippines situated in the Cagayan Valley region. It is the northernmost province in the country, and also the smallest, both in population and land area

Batanes has become one of the fastest growing tourist destinations in the country. The relatively isolated islands of the Batanes, the home of the resilient and welcoming Ivatans, with its rolling hills, subtropical climate, ancient cultures, good food, windswept traditional stone houses, and breathtaking landscapes and seascapes which perhaps make it one of the prettiest corners of the world. Its refreshingly chill vibe is unique from the other famous island destinations in the country. Whether it'll be your first time to see the country's northernmost province or you're planning to come back to rediscover the place, Batanes has plenty of spots that are worth your time.

Just across the Honesty Coffee Shop is SAN JOSE DE OBRERO CHURCH, also known as the Ivana Church. It was established in the 17th century by the Dominicans. The church is more than 200 years old with a foundation that dates back to 1795. It looks like a fortress with its square bell tower built on its left side. You can climb the bell tower to have a very nice view of the sea, the port of Ivana and the island of Sabtang. 

The church is gloriously fenced with pine-like trees endemic in Batanes called Arius. These trees are being used as Christmas Trees during yuletide season. Ivatans also make wines out of its berries.

Like its counterpart in Sabtang, the SAN JOSE DE OBRERO CHURCH was also declared a National Historic Landmark by the National Historical Commission.

Here are some pictures of The SAN JOSE DE OBRERO CHURCH in IVANA:

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