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Sta. Monica Church of Pavia: Beautifully Restored

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Sta Monica Parish Pavia Iloilo

Sta. Monica Church of Pavia, Iloilo is one of the best maintained and restored churches in the province. It is a unique church among others – the only one made of red bricks inside and out in the whole of Panay. Truly, a majestic church to behold with influences derived from other places of worship located halfway around the globe.

Pavia’s church was built and designed by the Augustinian friars sometime around 1895-1889 and was inspired from the 11th Century Basilica of San Michele Maggiore (St Michael Archangel) of Pavia, Italy. The Sta Monica Church is of Romanesque-Byzantine influence with its facade decorated with semi-circular arched windows and entrances. It has very simple design, a rectangular shaped-floor plan with a barrel-shaped apse at the back of the church. Three wooden doors serve as entrances to the church, one at the entrance and the other two at both sides.

Pavia Church Iloilo

The front of the church is simple as well, with six panel windows supported by semi-circular arches at the center; all decorated with stained glasses depicting significant events in Christ’s life here on earth (from left to right: the Annunciation, the Baptism of Christ, the Last Supper, Crucifixion, the Assumption, and the Ascension of Christ). The entrance to the church is a covered porch gated by semi-circular arches as well, with Greek crosses decorating the walls.

Phases of Restoration

Started on 2003, the Pavia Church has undergone several and gradual restoration, thus preserving its beauty and heritage. A summary of restoration efforts is as follows:

2003: Repair of the whole facade

Pavia Church Apse

2004: Strengthening of the brick walls and apse

Pavia Church Sacristy

2005-2006: Repair of the Sacristy and Choir Loft

2007: Application of Stained Glasses at the front facade

Pavia Church Wooden DoorsPavia Church Side Wall

2008-2009: Installation of three wooden doors, window glasses and iron grills at the southwest and northeast faces

Pavia Church BelfrySta Monica Church Altar Construction

2010-2011 (for completion): Floor elevation and Two belfries; replacement of wooden trusses into steel trusses and installation of new roofing using CPAC materials; construction of a whole new altar.

Schedule of Masses

Santa Monica Parish Church

Pavia, Iloilo

Mass Times:


05:30 am – 06:30 pm

07:30 am – 08:30 pm

05:00 pm – 06:00 pm

Monday to Friday

05:30 am – 06:30 am


05:30 am – 06:30 am

04:30 pm – 05:30 pm (Anticipated Mass)

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