The Taal Basilica is a minor basilica in the town of Taal, Batangas, in the Philippines, within the Archdiocese of Lipa. It is considered to be the largest church in Southeast Asia and in Asia, standing 88.6 meters long, 48 meters wide and 96 meters in height.
The first church was built in 1575 and rebuilt in 1642 with sturdier materials. It was destroyed in 1754 along with the town of Taal in the largest recorded eruption of the Taal Volcano.
After many times of damage due to earthquakes, relocation, construction and restoration, the church has got the appearance it is today. By Presidential Decree No. 375 on January 16, 1974, the church was declared a national shrine.
Two distinct features of the basilica are the façade, which will remind you of the St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, and the silver tabernacle claimed to be the only one of its kind in the country. The church is among the most visited destinations of people from various places during the Lenten season. This church is also popular among couples who will tie the knot.
According to Wikipedia and taal.gov.ph