Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Tourist Spots in Batangas : Statue of Virgin Mary at Monte Maria Shrine


The ambitions project of the Marian Shrine in Batangas is becoming a reality with the near completion of the 88-meter-tall Statue of the Virgin Mary in Monte Maria. The project began in 2014 and was supposed to be completed a year after but due to some issues, it was delayed. A week ago, I had a chance to visit the shrine and I was surprised to see how huge the statue of the Virgin Mary. It's becoming a popular tourist spots in Batangas. In fact, there were a lot of people in the shrine when I arrived around noon. [Read: Top Beach Resorts in Batangas]

Monte Maria Shrine

The Monte Maria Shrine is sizable. Aside from the statue of the Virgin Mary, there's also a chapel and a restaurant within the property.

A little bit farther from the Statue of Virgin Mary is the La Pieta and the Mother of Love, Peace and Joy where pilgrims also visit to pray and meditate.

How to get to the Statue of Virgin Mary in Monte Maria, Batangas

The most convenient way to go to Statue of Virgin Mary in Montemaria, Batangas is by private car. Montemaria is about 20kms away from Batangas City. [Read: Things to Do in Masasa Beach]

Montemaria is also accessible via public transportation. From Batangas City proper, take a jeepney to SM Batangas. The jeepney terminal is at the back of SM Batangas. From there, you may take a jeepney bound for Ilijan (Ilihan). Just inform the driver to drop you off at Montemaria Shrine. The fare is Php40 and travel time is around 45 minutes. From the main road, Montemaria is just a few minutes walk.

From Manila: Take a Batangas-bound bus from either Buendia, Alabang or Quezon City. Take the bus with Calabarzon signboard for faster travel time. Alight at Batangas Grand Terminal then take a jeepney to Batangas City. From there, follow the instructions above.

Where to Stay in Batangas? 

Here's our recommended places to stay in Batangas with easy access to Montemaria Shrine. Click the name of the property to check the rates, availability and reviews.
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