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Manila Cathedral, Manila

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#4 of 38 in Historic Sites in Metro Manila
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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  • I attended a wedding here and was mesmerized by the church. the sad part about weddings here is that anyone can go inside and even tourists can attend the wedding thereby minimizing the solemnity of t...  more »
  • Manila Cathedral is the long Spanish colonial Philippines is a watery, very big and imposing churches. At this time just been married, cannot get inside but unfortunately failed. What will be married or have been interesting reading.
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  • A Catholic icon, the cathedral is a suggested place to visit for Catholics. It is a tribute to our Immaculate Mother, the Philippines' patroness.  more »
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  • 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
  • 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.
  • The seat of the Philippine Catholic hierarchy. A historical landmark. Beautiful church.
  • The most important church in the Philippines. Beautiful both inside and out.
  • 7th re-build of the structure, no AC, very intricate designs. Very dedicated Catholics.

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