Tayum Church


Tayum Church in Abra, Philippines

The Santa Catalina de Alejandria Parish Church, commonly known as Tayum Church, is a 19th-century Baroque church located in the municipality of Tayum, Province of Abra, Philippines. Tayum Church was constructed in the early 1800s by the Augustinians and was dedicated to Saint Catherine of Alexandria. Tayum celebrates its town fiesta every 25th of November.

Tayum Church was identified by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) as a National Cultural Treasure for its cultural significance and distinctive architecture. One of the remarkable features of the church is the use of burnay jar motifs on the church's facade.

These jars are native in this region and pre-date the Spanish colonization of the Philippines. Burnay jars are short and stout and are used to ferment fish paste (bagoong isda), sugarcane vinegar (sukang iloko), and sugarcane wine (basi).

Last Updated: 19 February 2022

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