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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  • October 3, 2017
    Went there during mass time in early afternoon. The church was full and some people were standing. Felt strong and positive vibes inside. I was impressed how people of Philippines are very religious. ...  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    This place is worth visiting. You can feel the air of colonial Manila. Back in time where Manila was under the Spanish Rule. This is a must visit if you go to Intramuros. Overall this majestic structu...  more »
  • October 1, 2017
    The first of many churches visited in the Philippines. A large and impressive structure. You can walk about freely if no weddings or mass is going on.  more »
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  • July 7, 2017
    Historic landmark which is a good place to visit even for non-Catholics. Church is almost always crowded, but you can definitely feel you're in a sacred place once inside. I love the art of the overall structure, from the walls to the ceilings and doors
  • January 15, 2017
    I've visited this place many times, but unfortunately I have never celebrated Mass here. The reason is that it's always being booked for special occasions like weddings and feasts. The edifice is magnificent, whether during the day or night. The doors are decorated with elaborate carvings of religious themes. This church would make a great background picture to remember your trip to Intramuros.
  • May 17, 2017
    The seat of the Philippine Catholic hierarchy. A historical landmark. Beautiful church.
  • June 23, 2017
    The most important church in the Philippines. Beautiful both inside and out.
  • July 1, 2017
    7th re-build of the structure, no AC, very intricate designs. Very dedicated Catholics.

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