Built in the late 19th century, the San Joaquin Cemetery is one of the oldest in the island of Panay. Its red-domed "camposanto" or mortuary chapel can't be missed if you are on the highway heading to the town of San Joaquin.
A Baroque style gate by the side of the highway (on the right side if you are heading to San Joaquin) marks the entrance to the small compound. A statue of the risen Christ adorn the top of the gate. At the top of the archway is a cherubim image flanked by two skulls.
The camposanto sits on the of a small hill. Its made of coral stone and bricks but its dome has been replaced with galvanized iron. This distinctive structure is one of the landmarks of the town.
The inside wall of the small chapel is lined with bricks. On both sides are tombstones - a couple of which are fairly new (a caretaker said these spaces are "rented out").
This cemetery is just one of the interesting places to visit if you are on the heritage trail. On the way here you'll be able to pass by the famous Miag-ao Church as well the Guimbal Church