San Sebastian Minor Basilica is one of Manila’s hiding gems, and it’s funny how I only went inside this cultural site this year.
The only all-steel basilica in the Asia – although, in my opinion, its record might extend to the rest on a global scale as I cannot see any other ‘all-steel’ basilicas elsewhere – also happens to be the second structure in the world made completely of steel, just after Eiffel Tower.
Presently a contender of yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site designation, San Sebastian is also the only church following the neo-Gothic tradition in the Philippines; it was modeled after the Burgos Cathedral in Spain. Moreover, it is also known to being the only pre-fabricated church in the world. Currently a National Historical Landmark, A National Shrine, A National Cultural Treasure, and once listed as one of the 100 Most Endangered Monuments in the world, the outstanding universal value of San Sebastian is very evident, and a trip to Manila without seeing this engineering marvel is never really complete.
Try knocking on some of its parts. They really give the "ting" sound! Its fun doing it. Also, if you pay closer attention to some of the columns, you can actually see rusts forming (although this is a bad news).
From Quiapo, walk along Hidalgo Street, right across the highway. The sight is hard to miss.
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