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Manila Cathedral, Manila

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Religious Site Tourist Spot
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. Plan to visit Manila Cathedral during your Manila vacation using our convenient Manila itinerary planner.
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  • The outside part of the church showcases its big and imposing structure, an old church yet modernized in design. It offers a wow-worthy view which is perfect for picture taking. The inside is very sim...  more »
  • I often like to visit large cathedrals when I visiting cities for the first time. I've seen all of the world's largest cathedrals and many of the most beautiful and the most extravagant. I can honestl...  more »
  • The Manila Cathedral is the "main" church of the country though not very many people really regard it as such. It is near the Arzobispado, seat of power of the Roman Catholic Church where the head of ...  more »
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  • The seat of the Philippine Catholic hierarchy. A historical landmark. Beautiful church.
  • 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.
  • It's a big, airconditioned cathedral (which I like). All the deceased cardinals and bishops of the Catholic Church are buried at the basement of this cathedral. It's like a museum and church in one.
  • too late,closed. However the decoration light make the apperance even more attractive than during the daytime✌
  • Historical church. Very beautiful and the only church I've been that has air conditioning.