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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  • it's good just to check the architecture and see a lot of people praying, if you are in the intramuros you can go see it  more »
  • This church is beautiful! Although many tourists were around when we got here, it was still quiet and peaceful. I wish I could have attended mass here at least. We were quite lucky to come right after...  more »
  • Went to Manila Cathedral Church last April 2017. It was such a very memorable visit! I felt real joy and peace while inside the church! There's a magical feeling! One of the best, if not the best in t...  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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