Saturday, June 30, 2007

cemetery battleground


This is the 19th century chapel inside the La Loma cemetery. I really wanted to know what’s inside this beautiful church but it is closed and is no longer used…. a newer chapel was erected near the cemeteries entrance. And would you believe that this chapel is dedicated to St. Pancratius as well?

When I visited the Paco Park and found out that the patron of the cemetery’s church is St. Pancratius I immediately thought of this chapel inside the La Loma Cemetery. I wonder if St. Pancratius is the patron of cemeteries. I’ve searched about him and here’s what I found out : Born as a roman citizen who converted to Christianity and was beheaded for his faith at the age of 14 in the year 304. Anyone knows why he guards the chapels inside the cemeteries?

I guess I’m really odd because most people find cemeteries eerie and disturbing but not me… I have always been fascinated with cemeteries, I love looking at those beautiful mausoleums and old tombs, heck I even enjoy reading epitaphs. But I guess you’d love cemeteries as well if you’ve been inside the La Loma and Chinese Cemeteries. The mausoleums inside the cemeteries are exquisite and I believe it has been a tourist attraction already.

When I was a kid I often wonder why is there a cannon inside the cemetery, that cannon serves as our landmark, and when I searched the net I found out that the La Loma cemetery became a battleground in 1899, just before the turn of the century. Guess a lot of people didn’t know the historical significance of the cemetery because there are no historical markers about that battle. Read the battle story here.

7 comments:

Abraham Lincoln said...

I like this picture of this old-looking church. I suppose it would be nice inside too.

I am not nuts about cemeteries but I don't mind going there. All of my relatives are buried in cemeteries where all the people are dead.

I hope you have a nice weekend.

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Steve Buser said...

Your cemetary shots remind me that I want to do some shots here in ours. Ours are unique, but not sure they have the same ancient feel as yours

I's musing on porches again today. This time a much smaller one. I'm going to finish tomorrow with the tale of my "virtual" porch -- you won't want to miss it.

Bring a friend.

lv2scpbk said...

I liked reading about the cemetery. I do family research so am always interested in information.

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Pusa, 46 since you were curious. Is that around yours?

Poly said...

Nice picture of the entrace of the cementery. It is a good idea goes to this places and return again.

Zsolt said...

i love these kind of very old places. It has a special athmosphere!

Don said...

Nice! Never been to this cemetery. At least I was able to see it in your pictures :)

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