Temple of Leah: An Attempt At Classic Architecture

When some of my kins visited Cebu in November 2015, they wanted to visit the Temple of Leah. I accompanied them to the place in Busay. Temple of Leah is nearby Lantaw Native Restaurant Busay, Mountainview Nature Park, and Roosevelt Hideaway Resort.


Temple of Leah in Cebu City, Philippines
Temple of Leah in Cebu City, Philippines


An Attempt at Classic Architecture

The Temple of Leah is an attempt at classic architecture, specially Greek and Roman. It has similarities with American colonial era buildings that heavily utilize piers and columns with Greek and Roman elements such as the Aduana Building, the Cebu Provincial Capitol, the Compania Maritima Building, and the old BPI building.

The temple is also decorated with ornate elements from Roman and Greek mythology as well as mysticism. Roman gods and goddesses, as well as winged horses, are sculpted into the outer walls that greet guests as they make their way to the temple premises.

Temple of Leah in Cebu City, Philippines
Outer walls at the Temple of Leah in Cebu City, Philippines

Two lion statues guard the entrance to the temple building, one with an open mouth, the other with mouth shut.

Temple of Leah in Cebu City, Philippines
Temple of Leah in Cebu City, Philippines
Sculptures of nymphs adorn the balustrade that serves as the courtyard's perimeter.


Temple of Leah in Cebu City, Philippines
The courtyard at the Temple of Leah in Cebu City, Philippines
A sculpture depicting nymphs and reminiscent of a classic painting of Venus is the main element of the fountain in the courtyard. The fountain's waters come out from the mouth of horse sculptures.

Fountain at Temple of Leah in Cebu City, Philippines
Fountain at the Temple of Leah in Cebu City, Philippines

On the lobby of the temple building, a mystical star takes center of attention right before the stairs leading to the bronze statue of Leah.


mystical star at the Temple of Leah in Cebu City, Philippines
mystical star at the Temple of Leah in Cebu City, Philippines


Story Behind Temple of Leah

The Temple of Leah is a mausoleum built as a love offering of a widower, Teodorico Soriano Adarna, to his late wife, Leah V. Albino-Adarna. They were married for fifty three (53) years. The temple was built in 2012 and is currently being completed.

A nine foot bronze statue welcomes guests as they enter the temple building. Note how sunlight illuminates the statue from the glass roof. Twenty four (24) chambers shall display the lifetime collections of Leah. 


Temple of Leah in Cebu City, Philippines
Inside the Temple of Leah in Cebu City, Philippines

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