Binondo Church
Binondo Church
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The altar's replica of St. Peter's dome impresses visitors to this historic church.
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ybo7000
Zamboanga City, Philippines286 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
binondo church is located in binondo, manila, fronting plaza san lorenzo ruiz. this church is founded by dominican priests to serve chinese converts to christianity. the church is newly renovated, its roof beatifully painted, the church is big and spacious, its clean and solemn, people living and working nearby usually drop by to pray early in the morning before they go to work.
Written February 16, 2020
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MariaDuncan
San Francisco, CA35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2012 • Friends
Not only does one get to pray, nearby are the old Cantonese restaurants much-loved by the locals, as well as new airconditioned malls -Lucky Chinatown, 168 Mall, and many, many curio and jewelry shops!
Written March 23, 2013
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WillOneill_London
London, UK128 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Solo
This place is officially known as Minor Basilica of St. Lorenzo Ruiz, or locally as Bindono Church.

I was staying in a hotel literally across the road from it, so felt I absolutely had to have a look. It's absolutely jam-packed busy outside, however don't let that put you off - once you go into the building its calm, serene and the architecture is stunning.

I visited on 2 occasions, once was during the morning and it was fairly quiet so I got a good chance to have a look around. The 2nd time I went was in the evening and there was a mass on and the place was absolutely packed - easily over 1000 people inside.

Be warned it's absolutely super-hot inside, like a furnace but very much worth a visit.
Written December 31, 2018
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Atiyadlc
Makati, Philippines283 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Friends
Lots of beggars outside. Church management should help them. not condone them. Its just sad how much of a Hypocrite. the church management is. preaching about helping your fellow men when alot of them are standing right on their doorstep..talk about irony
Written January 20, 2016
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Eayle8
Dubai, United Arab Emirates140 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Family
This was part of our Visita Iglesia, and i was very happy to be able to visit the place. It was very crowded, and lots of beggars inside the church. I was very sad and disappointed to see that outside the place is very dirty, full of garbage and the smell is horrible. The fountain just outside the church used to have lots of people waiting to take photos and now you will run away from the smell and garbage inside the water. If you will visit the place, be very alert as i feel it is not safe anymore, which of course will distract from the solemnity of the place.
Written May 16, 2019
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SOH KIEN PENG
Singapore, Singapore8,977 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Couples
We walked from Intramorus, crossed the bridge into Manila Chinatown. Chinatown did not impress me much. I found the buildings old, alley dim, vagabonds sleeping on the street and traffic heavy and congested.

The red octagonal shaped of the Bell tower of the Church attracted my attention. There was a fire engine stationed at the rear of the Church run by the Chinese community. A few vagrants slept on the pavement beside the church.

We walked to the front of the church and saw a sculpture of Jesus on the cross with biblical phrases. The wall of the church is painted red and with the octagonal belfry, the character reflects the auspicious color and architectural style of the Chinese culture.

The Church was built in the early years by the Spaniards to serve the spiritual needs of the Chinese Roman catholic converts and the local Filipinos. I noticed that one of the mass gathering is conducted in Hokken, a dialect of the southern Chinese.

I took a seat inside the church admiring the beautiful architectural designs of the arches and pendentives. It was a pity that this Church went through a tumultuous period, damaged by earthquakes , bombarded by the British in 1762 and destroyed in 1852 during World War II. The main buildings were virtually damaged and rebuilt but the octagonal belfry surprising survived and remained intact. The current building is made of granite.

The Church appears to me one of the most beautiful church in Manila but the surrounding setting looks untidy and not so orderly.

If you are in Chinatown, this is a must visit as it is unique from the rest of the cathedrals and churches I visited in Manila. Further down the road are the Lucky Chinatown, 168 and 999 malls and the Walking Street. You can visit them all in one trip.
Written April 21, 2017
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Shin555Mikan
Hakata, Japan1,613 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015
Solemn atmosphere of the church in Binondo(Chinatown) .
30-40 min from Manila by car.
This church, also known as Minor Basilica of Saint Lorenzo Ruiz and Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Parish.
A lot of Catholics are praying in chapel.
Written November 29, 2015
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amalia346
Las Vegas, NV26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Family
The old Binondo Church is now known as Minor Basilica of St. Lorenzo Ruiz and Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary. In this church Saint Lorenzo Ruiz was trained here and then went to Japan as missionary.
Last time I was here was 25years ago so I was surprised of the amazing changes. Very solemn inside. Do not forget to go around the church. There is separate adoration place. Very solemn
Written November 18, 2015
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Whitney S
San Francisco, CA5 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Solo
I was there during a wedding which was really nice to see. The church is pretty, San Sebastian is better.
Written January 17, 2015
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Zonia C
Baliuag, Philippines2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2014 • Family
Located at Quentin Paredes St., Plaza Calderon de la Barca in Binondo, its intricately designed interior reflects the Hispanic culture that has not only influenced the Filipinos but also our Chinese brothers and sisters who have come to settle in our motherland. I go to this church twice a month to pray with family nor friends. :)
Written July 23, 2014
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