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Manila Cathedral, Manila

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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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  • Ooh this is one of the historical basilica in the Philippines . It's one of the best if you visit Manila . Do not fail to schedule a visit . You can feel the presence of the LORD  more »
  • It is an interesting Cathedral as a whole Cathedral, but it has no point of comparison with the European.
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  • Just to see such a well cared for is a treasure. It's not a stuffy old building, its used and well used throughout the week. I was there during Holy Week and it was busy on a Friday morning, with a we...  more »
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  • Really nice cathedral, reminds me of cathedrals you can see in Spain look for Ciudad Rodrigo, Salamanca, Burgos
  • Amazing Architecture, Mesmerizing Soothing Atmosphere, Great Location, Free Entrance, Definitely recommended. be careful of tour-guides outside, offering cheap tours.
  • Nice cathedral with an excellent architectural design. Highlight of our visit is going down to the crypt of the deceased archbishops.
  • It's the grandest church in the Metro that I've seen, so far. Grandeur is spelled all throughout from the flooring to the walls and windows to the ceiling. Its architecture is impressive. While I have been to this cathedral before, it was my first time to get a look of its crypts at the basement, which houses the remains of its past cardinals. Its adoration chapel is immaculate.
  • This church sets really a good mood for church services. Love the sound of the pipe organ. Feels like I am in EU.