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Manila Cathedral

Cabildo cor Beaterio | Intramuros, Manila, Luzon 1002, Philippines
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Ranked #8 of 69 Attractions in Manila
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Former Philippine archbishops are buried in a crypt under the altar of this majestic cathedral...
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Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
Fee: No
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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014 NEW

This is well worth a visit-incredible stained glass windows and a real haven of peace with beautiful architecture.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

This centuries old church has always functioned as "THE CHURCH" in the Philippines as it was the foremost church used by the elites of the Philippines. It has a great collection of spanish time pieces and icons. Worth a visit.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

most of citizen of Philippines religion are roman catholic, if you go to Intramuros in near Manila Bay and Jose Rizal Park. you will find ambience of the old Spain city. inside the intramuros you will see the old cathedral with beautiful architecture. Be careful with the bagger they will grab your hand and asked for money. you need to... More 

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Manila, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Visiting the Intramuros where this beautiful Manila Cathedral Church lies is a good choice if you are on a mode of discovering the landmarks of Philippine history especially for the first timers and the kids.. somewhat educational too. Though it is modernized inside, it still look old and preserved on the outside..

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Bangalore, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I was in Manila for just a day and i head to Intramuros directly. Manila Cathedral is the first place i visited in Intramuros and it truly reminded me of my Europe trip with its architecture. I also had a chance to see small video of the Cathedral's history. Its a nice place to visit if you are in and... More 

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014 via mobile

If you're in the area, this cathedral is worth a stop. It's huge with beautiful stain glass windows. It doesn't take long to go around, and entry is by donation.

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Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Destroyed in WWII the present edifice was erected in 1951. The out side looks suitable ancient but the inside is very modern. Great stained glassed windows. A gilded alter and a magnificent Pope's throne. Light, airy and uplifting .

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Went inside the Cathedral while in Intramuuros. Nice stop, pretty church with some history. Did not get a chance to see the older church inside Intramuros.

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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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