Temple of Leah: An Attempt At Classic Architecture

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

Temple of Leah tourist attraction in Barangay Busay Cebu City Philippines
Temple of Leah in Barangay Busay, 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.

Read about buildings in Cebu City, Philippines with Greek and Roman elements in their architecture:

  1. Cebu Provincial Capitol
  2. Compania Maritima Building
  3. Aduana Building
  4. Old BPI Building


The property 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 tourist attraction in Barangay Busay Cebu City Philippines
Outer walls of the Temple of Leah

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

Temple of Leah tourist attraction in Barangay Busay Cebu City Philippines
Lion statues guarding the entrance to the Temple of Leah


Sculptures of nymphs adorn the balustrade that serves as the courtyard's perimeter.

Temple of Leah tourist attraction in Barangay Busay Cebu City Philippines
The mausoleum's courtyard


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.

Temple of Leah tourist attraction in Barangay Busay Cebu City Philippines
Fountain at the mausoleum's courtyard




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 V. Albino-Adarna.

Temple of Leah tourist attraction in Barangay Busay Cebu City Philippines
Mystical star on the mausoleum floor



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 edifice was built in 2012 and is currently being completed.

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

Temple of Leah tourist attraction in Barangay Busay Cebu City Philippines
Inside the mausoleum 
Temple of Leah tourist attraction in Barangay Busay Cebu City Philippines
9-foot bronze statue


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