Manila Cathedral, Manila

Originally a small, 16th-century parish church, Manila Cathedral rose from the ashes a total of eight times before becoming the ornate European-style basilica you see today. As you approach the major public square where the cathedral lies, notice the stone statues of saints and artistic bronze carvings embellishing the main facade. Step inside to observe rose-glass windows, a total of eight chapels dedicated to saints, the principal altar bearing the image of the Blessed Mother, and the episcopal throne made of Italian marble. Masses tend to draw large crowds, which can limit your movement and chances to explore. Work out when and for how long to visit Manila Cathedral and other Manila attractions using our handy Manila holiday maker app .
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  • My first-time guests were inspired when they entered the doors. They are not Catholic so its a big thing for them to see what it looks like inside a Church. I appreciate that the Cathedral keeps its d...  more »
  • Manila Cathedral as the guidebooks claim was built in 1581, but following rebuilds after earthquakes, typhoons, fires and wars, of the original church there remains practically nothing. The last reconstruction, the seventh in order of time, is after the second world war and was funded in part by the Vatican as a sign of homage to the Philippines that are among the world's most Catholic countries. It's nice like a balcony overlooking the square in Rome at the side of the Governor's Palace. I passed by there yesterday morning and was taking a rather crowded, with screens scattered in several places of the Church. Being going the mass was therefore inadvisable (and maybe reeds not allowed) to proceed with the visit of the Cathedral so as not to disturb, but the impression, upon entering, was that there wasn't much to see other than the imposing central dome. Interesting reproduction of Michelangelo's Pietà in the first chapel on the left.
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  • Great Architecture and history,so peaceful in the church,one if the top rated places to do in Intramuros.  more »
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  • We visited this as part of a Kalesa (horse carriage) tour. I've visited this church several times in the past, but never really to admire it. It's usually weddings or tours where I was there for the company of friends/family and not the tourist attractions. It really is a beautiful church and I wish we were not constrained by time limitations. And I appreciate it much more now since San Agustin Church is usually not open to the public.
  • Beautiful and breathtaking: like being in Europe! It is refreshing to come to Intramuros and escape the craziness of outer Metro Manila. Just beware of the many tricycle tour guides who will try to charge way too much for a tour.
  • Doors are often closed when there's no Mass, even if it is still daylight. It is more of a tourist attraction now rather than a place where you can really get to talk to Him. Perhaps the priests just want to preserve the cleanliness and structural integrity of this historic church? I think there has to be balance—between letting people pray inside and letting people appreciate its beauty.
  • Pop in for a quick look. The Cathedral is definitely worth popping into for a quick look while exploring Intramuros. The cathedral was rebuild after WWII, so it is a newer construction, but interesting to see how the Filipinos chose to build a modern cathedral.
  • Pretty Catholic style with an Asian colony twist. Saw a wedding there. Plaza de Roma nearby is a good place to take picture of the church

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