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Manila Cathedral

Address: Cabildo cor Beaterio | Intramuros, Manila, Luzon 1002, Philippines
Phone Number: 632 5273093
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Ranked #10 of 79 Attractions in Manila
Type: Religious Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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, Sights & Landmarks
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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Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

This is suppose to be the first Catholic Cathedral in Manila. There were a number of groups who were there at the same time so it was a bit crowded. If you are a photographer, tripods are not allowed inside the Cathedral. Interestingly, the eyes of the statues of the saints have slit eyes. The reason given was because it... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Been here for the second time and the interiors were really improved. It was good they also put up an airconditioning system for Manila's unbearable heat.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015 via mobile

This looks like a lovely place with wonderful architecture and lots of religious icons, etc. The big problem is that due to the Pope's visit later this week, the Cathedral seemed to not want any tourists visiting. A security guard told me to stop taking photos, and then told me the direction of the exit. He ignored the Filipinos who... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

The Manila Cathedral has a history of destruction from natural events, such as earthquakes, and from World War II. The building has been rebuilt many times, and the current structure dates only to 1958. Thus, it is not an original colonial building and was not constructed to look like one. I did not know the cathedral's background when I entered... More 

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Metro Manila, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

The Manila Basilica Cathedral in Intramuros is a must for those who are interested in churches and monuments. The Cathedral is located in Intramuros one of the last old neighbourhoods to stroll along the old ramparts. The Cathedral is beautiful inside and out. The stained glass windows and religious artifacts are beautiful. There is a replica of Michelangelo's Pieta and... More 

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Nakskov, Denmark
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Had this cathedral been placed in Rome or somewhere in central Europe it would probably remain fairly unnoticed. But in these parts of the world it is a surprise to see what to Europeans seems such a familiar structure. Nicely decorated and with the tranquility that you would also expect elsewhere.

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Iloilo City, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

The Manila Cathedral was first built in 1571 using nipa and bamboo. The present cathedral was the 8th one built since the Spanish era. In 1981, the Manila Cathedral received the honorific title Basilica by Pope John Paul II. The Cathedral stands in the middle of the Palacio del Gobernador and the Ayuntamiento (now, Bureau of Treasury). Being the "mother... More 

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

went there on Christmas day, so the Church is full of locals and tourists. inside is holy and sacred, the guard were filtering the people. not all of the visitor allowed to get into the church (cause the worship was being held).. located near the fort santiago (get of at central terminal or united nations the nearest station).. a bunch... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

One of the usual sites to visit in Manila. Located in the Intramuros, next to other sites of interest. Well worth a brief visit.

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Abu Dhabi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

We signed-up through Manila Intramuros and had a very well informed tour guide. We loved everything about the Manila National Cathedral and it's history. The only drawback was there was no a/c!

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