Manila Cathedral

Manila Cathedral

Manila Cathedral
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Former Philippine archbishops are buried in a crypt under the altar of this majestic cathedral, whose 1951 completion commemorated the the five versions that came before it.
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Elena Ciocan
Timisoara, Romania1,725 contributions
Nice old church
Feb 2020
The church is nice, but the plastic chairs inside are really strange. In front if the church you can find some nice things to buy.
Written January 29, 2021
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Marimar A
Dubai, United Arab Emirates162 contributions
Historical place
Dec 2019
One of the old yet nicest church I've been. Historical and one of the place that will bring up your faith.
Written October 16, 2020
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KGB777
Singapore, Singapore41,727 contributions
Reconstructed after the war
Feb 2020
The original cathedral of Manila was comprehensively destroyed during WWII. The current cathedral was built after the war to replace it, but obviously couldn't be expected to be of the same build-quality. It's nice enough, but just doesn't have that same colonial aura to it.
Written June 11, 2020
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Perry B
Hong Kong, China2,289 contributions
A must visit central shrine of the Philippines' nation!
Jan 2020
A very important site, the Cathedral is a must visit place of contemplation and symbol of the nation's soul. The side Chapels are particularly fine as is the fretwork and window framing.
Written May 5, 2020
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Aaqarsh Aiyyar
Chennai (Madras), India2,454 contributions
Positive vibes
Feb 2020 • Solo
I loved this 16th Century cathedral which is an architectural marvel (reconstructed many times later due to natural disasters). The location is prominent and is in the Intramuras area close to Fort Santiago. The Intramuras battery operated vehicle is the best transportation. The entrance is free. I spent some time inside the Church and the vibes were positive. Recommended as it is a must-visit if you are in Manila.
Written March 21, 2020
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Christopher W
Aalst, Belgium56 contributions
Nice cathedral free entrance, great place for pictures
Jan 2020
We took the guided tour at Intramuros and this is one of the stops they make and the cathedral is free to enter, just don't use your flash for pictures.
Written March 11, 2020
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Makoto
Saitama, Japan53 contributions
Beautiful church
Apr 2019
Manila Cathedral is a postcard-perfect picturesque church. When we visited, there were friendly locals. Going from Manila cathedral to other places in Intramuros can be a convenient stroll away.

I heard it’s a famous venue for weddings, although the charge is expensive.
Written March 5, 2020
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20Twenty
Honolulu, HI270 contributions
Awesome!
Feb 2020
Such an imposing church that attest to the religious affinity of the Philippines to the blessed mother. A must see in the Intramuros area. Beautiful and inspiring history behind it.
Written March 2, 2020
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Marco Grava
Rome, Italy834 contributions
Standard
Feb 2020
What can I say; it might be interesting for some architectural peculiarities but if you come from the EU and, mostly, from Italy you will find it pretty dull compared to even the simplest and plain cathedrals you might see in Italy. Stop here just because there is not much else to do
Written February 26, 2020
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Alan L
Charleston, IL62 contributions
Take Time to Pray While Traveling
Feb 2020
The Manila Cathedral is one of the must sees on your visit to the Intramuros area of historic Manila. It is an active place of worship, right in the middle of busy Manila. It is easy to visit on your own, or go with a tour guide or driver. You won't be there long and there are several other points of interest nearby.
Written February 20, 2020
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