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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 #8 of 80 attractions in Manila
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites
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surrey
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95 reviews 95 reviews
34 attraction reviews
225 helpful votes 225 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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48 reviews 48 reviews
21 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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
47 helpful votes 47 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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delhi
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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 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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Paranaque
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8 reviews 8 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
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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24 helpful votes 24 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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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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Manila, Manila, Philippines
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

San Sebastian Church is one of the oldest church/cathedral in the Philippines. The architectural facade of the church is very unque since the base was imported from Europe. The only all steel Baroque style church that is standing in the hear of Manila.

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Novosibirsk, Russia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

I have never been religious in any sense, but the architecture of old catholic temples is awesome. This place is not an exclusion - beautiful building, quiet, cool - you can just seat here and relax.

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