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Manila Cathedral

Cabildo cor Beaterio | Intramuros, Manila, Luzon 1002, Philippines
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Ranked #7 of 69 Attractions in Manila
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Former Philippine archbishops are buried in a crypt under the altar of this majestic cathedral, whose 1951 completion commemorated the the five versions that came before it.

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Manila, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Newly opened after more than two years of renovation, retrofitting, and subsidence prevention, the Manila Cathedral looks sacredly beautiful as ever. The see of the Archbishop of Manila, it is called the 'mother of all churches in the Philippines'. Full of historical accounts since it was a parish church governed under Mexico in 1571 until became a cathedral that undergone... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

I have been here several times, it's extremely atmospheric when a service is taking place and its packed to the rafters with worshippers. The touts outside can be rather tiresome as they pitch for tours around the old city. Frankly Intramuros is a disgrace, the oldest part of Manila and yet totally neglected.

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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

This is probably my most visited church in the Philippines. I used to hear mass at the Manila Cathedral when I was still a kid. I received my first three years of formal education in the nearby Catholic School and at that time my father's office is just a stone throw away. Back during my High School days the Manila... More

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Manila
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

For foreigners staying in Manila for a few days - this cathedral is highly recommended to visit. If they are Catholics & want to attend the services - they have a beautiful music for Sunday masses. Google its historical significance.

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

We had this as part of our tour around Intramuros but unfortunately there was a wedding taking place and it was suggested not to go in because of respect to those attending. From what we were able to see from the outside, it was a beautiful cathedral so it was too bad we didn't see all of it. I see... More

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Makati, Philippines
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Like: the structure, the feel of this old and historical church is simply amazing. With its high ceiling, you would hardly notice the chaos during events (weddings in particular). It is also newly renovated. Dislike: Not sure it this is just because I attended mass on a weekday but the sound was unclear. I can hardly understand the priest's sermon... More

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Miami
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Must see...if you want to do your own church pilgrimage.... this church must be on your list. It is close to other historical attraction that dates back to pre hispanish occupation... love philippines churches..

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Mandaluyong, Philippines
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152 helpful votes 152 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

this church is a piece of grand art. the details and the design resembles the churches in rome. the plaza in front makes it more touristy spot for catholics. (muslims with intramuros trip can stay at the plaza in front while waiting for catholic friends attending mass). Grand church for a wedding or baptismal ceremony.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

one of the best churches i've ever seen. there is grandeur, well organize staff, so that the tourist know there limitations . great architecture, a very solemn and grand place to held a wedding ceremony! will visit again soon.

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Calgary, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

It is nice to see that Manila and the Philippines have such a long and impressive history, and this cathedral is an important part of that, but if you have traveled Europe, don't expect too much of the cathedral itself.

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