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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  • Manila Cathedral is one of the oldest church in the area. A place of historical interest for both Roman Catholic religion and politics.  more »
  • Manila Cathedral was originally built on this site around 1571 but I believe it was rebuilt numerous times (due to earthquakes) until this version which was built in 1879. It's a very beautiful Cathol...  more »
  • This is a great venue for a wedding. I was not surprised that the priest to officiate the mass was 40 minutes late. It is however the Philippines. When the big front doors opened to reveal the bride i...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Stunning cathedral, been inside of it at the Xmas Eve, with the mass and whole bunch of people chanting... What an experience By 《黑象》《边旅行边拯救世界》作者 CHAO 发现世界 了解世界 改变世界 微博:Superboy超 公众号:Glimpse魔眼
  • A church with semi-modern architecture. Does have an aircon inside, great for weddings!
  • It is one of the oldest cathedral in the Philippines and its fascinating that it is still standing. The interior is so amazing thsy it looks like you are in midieval period in a way. . .
  • Worth the visit if you don't mind fending off the local guides and vendors

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