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Address: Cabildo cor Beaterio | Intramuros, Manila, Luzon 1002, Philippines
Phone Number: 632 5273093
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
Description: Former Philippine archbishops are buried in a crypt under the altar of...
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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Classic exterior with a disappointing modern altar

The Manila Cathedral is gorgeous from the outside and fits in well with its surroundings. Go through the back doors and you'll find yourself in a beautiful quiet garden. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 13, 2015
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

The Manila Cathedral is gorgeous from the outside and fits in well with its surroundings. Go through the back doors and you'll find yourself in a beautiful quiet garden. The interior is a strange mix, though. Although the niches on the sides are classic Gothic design, the altar looks very out of place. It's small and far too modern for... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Its worth stopping for and have a look inside. It is a modern Cathedral, but the inside is atmospheric. The outside is impressive in its size. A plaque outside details the history of the 6 other churches/cathedrals that preceeded it, before earthquakes and WWII flattened them.

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Makati, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

We Went to 8 old churches last holly friday. This church is the oldest and one of the most beautiful church in our country. worth a visit.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

If you only have time for one church, go to St Augustine nearby and skip this. It is impressive but cold. I guess it was built t to show the power of The Church. Not unintersting but no feel to it. Also many annoying hustlers and hawkers outside selling junk and tours

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Stockholm, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

A really big church with a lot of things to view inside. At the time for my visit it was crowded with people since it was the Holy Friday. Seems like they are using a lot of modern technique in the church, with TV screens showing the priest, loudspeakers etc.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

This was fascinating but we did not stay long as there was a service in progress and we did not want to distract the worshipers.

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Ulm, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

One of the few landmarks of Manila. Definitely one of the tourist spots here. You can get fake iPhones here and nice hats. Otherwise it's a beatiful old church with copper roof.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

If you love visting old church you should visit manila cathedral it's newly renovated ambiance is very solemn

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Try not to intrude on the worship but do take a good look at the chapels and windows. A series of side chapels and saints are all in active use alongside the nave

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

A large Church just inside the old Intramuros. Has been rebuilt after the second World War when a large part of Manilla was destroyed. The Pope visited the cathedral in last January. Clen and dedicated to the Virgin. A good place for a pilgrimage

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