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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 #6 of 79 Attractions in Manila
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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
16 reviews 16 reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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105 reviews 105 reviews
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236 helpful votes 236 helpful votes
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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72 reviews 72 reviews
31 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
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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86 reviews 86 reviews
66 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
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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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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12 helpful votes 12 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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Berlin, Germany
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

Very old church but it definitely need some restorations to see the old historical things. Compared to other religious historical places in the world it's not so special. But since Manila doesn't have so many attractions it's a place to visit.

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Sarnia, Canada
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54 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

you might have to walk a few mildly dodgy streets to get to this place, but it is an impressive building; fine working throughout, and an unusual metal construction. Try to go during daylight hours to see the detailing of the exterior (and also to reduce the risk when wandering from the jeepney stops a few blocks away!)

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