Popularly called Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, the Barasoain Church is a Roman Catholic Church. It was built in 1630 in Malolos City, Bulacan. The Church and an adjoining Convent are two structures that constitute the Church building. In addition to this towards outside, on the left is a medieval bell tower, the entrance of which has bamboo arches linings. Architecture is simple but the paintings in its ceilings and domes make it look bigger than its actual size. It has received the title of “Cradle of Democracy in the East “and the site of the First Philippine Republic.
The original church was burned during the outbreak of the Philippine Revolution, however, it was renovated. It is located at a distance of about 42 kilometers from Manila, Philippines. Three major events in Philippine History happened in this church:
- On September 15, 1898, the First Philippine Congress was convened.
- From September 29, 1898 to January 21, 1899 Malolos Constitution was drafted
- On January 23, 1899, the inauguration of the First Philippine Republic was done.
The facade has Neo-Classic style and its curved pediment is echoed by the arches and rose window at the lower part. However, the structure itself was very alike to the Church during the Spanish period.