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. It is located nearby the Lantaw Native Restaurant Busay, the Mountainview Nature Park, and the Roosevelt Hideaway Resort. Does the building look familiar to you? Have you kind of seen this somewhere? That's because its is built as a copy of the Parthenon in Greece.

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.

Temple of Leah
Temple of Leah

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 you as you make your way to the temple premises.

Temple of Leah outer walls
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.

Lions guarding the entrance to the Temple of Leah
Lion statues guarding the entrance to the Temple of Leah

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

The courtyard at the Temple of Leah
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.

Fountain at the Temple of Leah
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.

Mystical star at the Temple of Leah
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 53 years. It is probably because of this that it is dubbed as the Taj Mahal of Cebu.

The edifice was built in 2012 and is currently being completed. A nine foot bronze statue of Mrs. Adarna welcomes you as you enter the building. Note how sunlight illuminates the statue from the glass roof. 24 chambers shall display the lifetime collections of Mrs. Adarna. 

Inside the Temple of Leah
Inside the mausoleum 
Bronze statue inside the Temple of Leah
9-foot bronze statue
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