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San Sebastian Church

Plaza del Carmen, C.M. Recto | Quiapo, Manila, Luzon, Philippines (Quiapo)
+63 2 734 8908
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Ranked #11 of 77 Attractions in Manila
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites
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Bangkok, Thailand
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65 reviews 65 reviews
18 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

On October 14, 2014, at around 5 pm or so, I was walking up Roxas Blvd along Manila Bay, towards the ferris wheel. There were many people hanging around, some just lounging, some were fishing in the bay. I had just passed Aristocrats Restaurant when I was approached by 2 women, a chubby light-skinned Filipina with a round face, that... More

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Nothing special. Drop in if you're near, but don't make an extra trip. It's another big church in a dirty, slummy area of downtown Manila without much to offer besides some interesting external architecture and an elaborate interior.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

This is a very nice old church. As an American it was interesting to see the ten commandments written out in Filipino. Definitely worth a visit for Catholics and those who appreciate old churches. A very different style than other churches in the area

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Imus, Philippines
20 reviews 20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

My brother got married at this church and it was majestic! It had a fairly long aisle which was perfect for a wedding. It may be big but it still gives a very solemn feel. The downside is the location, the roads outside are pretty congested and parking is difficult.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

When living/working in Asia you forget the beauty of Churches. Well this one that will be locked in my memory for many years. Exterior is relatively plain, however when you explore the interior its a different world. Stain glass windows are beautiful, as is the alter. A truly beautiful building.

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Waterloo, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

This is one of the bigger churches to visit in town. A bit remote and not every taxi driver knows where it is. Make sure you are not coming between Noon and 1 PM as the church is CLOSED! I had to wait for 55 minutes to enter the church!

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Quezon City, Philippines
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66 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

The Basilica Minore de San Sebastian, or simply, San Sebastian Church, has captured the imagination of many people due to its being made of steel and its Gothic Revival architecture, making it perhaps the most unique and amazing religious edifice in Metro Manila. Upon seeing it for the first time, one is struck by the vertical emphasis of the structure... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

ya it was nice to be there . we were with family and liked the church from inside .felt religious and peaceful

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

An imposing church, only all-steel church in asia. Some time ago, I thought it was just one of those big old churches famous for some reason, a bit more research though, it was a lot more than that. Some of the bits inside definitely need a bit of restoration. One has to marvel at the craftsmanship put into building of... More

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Quezon City, Philippines
5 reviews 5 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

This church reminds me of my high school life. this is where we held our bacalaureate mass way back high school. The church is very solemn perfect place to talk to god.

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