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San Sebastian Church

Plaza del Carmen, C.M. Recto | Quiapo, Manila, Luzon, Philippines
+63 2 734 8908
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Ranked #14 of 77 Attractions in Manila
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Cultural
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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

The San Sebastian Church is my favorite in terms of architectural design. It is a splendid example of Baroque and Neo-Gothic style. Aside from being a minor basilica the San Sebastian Church is also a National Historical Landmark. The uniqueness of this church lies in the fact that it is the only steel church in Asia.

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Manila, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

The first time I saw this church, its architectural design and color looks like it was for the Iglesia. But this augustinian church is really close to me which is around the university belt area

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Bangkok, Thailand
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

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
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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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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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