Camarines Sur: Porta Mariae

Located in front of the Naga Metropolitan Cathedral in Naga City in the province of Camarines Sur, Porta Mariae is a commemorative arch built to celebrate the 300 years of Bicolano devotion to Our Lady of Penafrancia.

Although it's fairly a new attraction to the city, it's slowly gaining fame due to it's "background-ish" nature. What I mean is, it serves as a great backdrop to any pictures. As a matter of fact Porta Mariae as grandeur to the cathedral. Visitors and pilgrims would often leave positive comments about how the arch gives a regal feel once they enter the vicinity of the cathedral.
Can you read the inscription?
Solar powered arc huh?
For those who don't know Porta Mariae  is the Latin for Marian Gate. It was built and formally opened on the 9th of September 2010. The arch was built as a commemoration to the tercentenary of the devotion to Our Lady of penafrancia. It was blessed and inaugurated by Archbishop Leandro Legazpi. The arch stands 36 feet high, 59 feet wide, and has a surmounted 10 feet brass image of the Our Lady of Penafrancia with two angels on each side.

The cathedral as seen from the arc
A closer look at the arc
During my family road trip to Naga City, Porta Mariae was the very first pilgrimage attraction that we visited. Although much smaller, it reminded me of the Triumph Gate of France.
Looks like: The Arc de Triomphe
Minus: The French

Getting there:
From Manila, board a bus heading to Naga City. From there ride a tricycle to the Naga Metropolitan Cathedral. The Porta Mariae will be the first to greet you when you arrive on your destination.

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