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Manila Cathedral, Manila

(4.1/5 based on 650+ reviews on the web)
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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  • This is a truly gorgeous cathedral. Beautiful stained glass and very traditional. Worth a quick stop if you are in the area. 
  • By more than eight years was a church dependent of the Diocese of Mexico, until in 1579 is developed in the new Cathedral of the colony. It has been destroyed and remade caritas times and that we see today is finished in 1958. It is a clean and simple construction with a wide nave ending in a baldachin containing an image of a Virgin immaculate. It has basilica packaging and, from the point of view of popular religiosity, it has witnessed the visit of two Popes. A wide square extends to its facade and her overlook some official buildings, given aspect of Plaza Mayor, but in any case, a place to relax and quiet
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  • Manila Cathedral is i beautiful old church that has been rebuilt several times. The prest structure dates from post WWII. The stained glass is especially stunning with vibrant colours. Easily accessib...  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.