San Agustin Church

San Agustin Church, Manila

San Agustin Church
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This museum and courtyard gardens is one of the oldest stone churches in the country, having survived 2 fires and 7 earthquakes.
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DaisyQ3
Port Macquarie, Australia728 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
This church that dates back to the 1500s is quite amazing and I think the oldest church in the Philippines.

I was awestruck by the painted surfaces (walls and curved ceiling panels) that you'd swear were carved stone.

The history is fascinating... read the plaques... the story of the huge bell... and marvel at the resilience of this amazing piece of Filipino history. 🌼
Written February 8, 2020
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bklynbubba
Brooklyn, NY430 contributions
Dec 2019
San Agustin is the sole survivor of the Battle of Manila at the end of WWII, during which the rest of Intramuros was leveled. It's a beautiful old church that is constantly being restored. There is a lot to see here, so plan for a few hours. It's more than just a church, there's a cloister, and a museum, and you can pretty much go all over the place. I spent the better part of a morning here. It always feels good to be transported back in time.
Written January 11, 2020
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Teo D
Melaka State, Malaysia14 contributions
Jan 2020 • Business
A beautiful church inside the fort. The building looks huge from outsidr but smaller inside. It looks lije ghe brompton oratory church in knightbrige albeit smaller scale
Written January 26, 2020
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Abner V. Pineda
Cebu Island, Philippines30 contributions
Aug 2019 • Friends
One of the most beautiful churches i have been. My friend's wedding was also held here last August 2019. Despite the heavy rain during the wedding ceremony, surroundings are safe and secured especially the parked cars outside the vicinity. Has a nice lobby for guest and a little reception area. The only thing that I can suggest to further improve accessibility and convenience is to put additional cemented flooring on parkings because of the mud and dirt from heavy rains. Nonetheless, experience was astounding.

Will definitely get a booking for our wedding this 2022.
Written March 5, 2020
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Steven T
Seattle, WA1,801 contributions
Dec 2019 • Solo
I’ve been to many cathedrals worldwide and San Agustin is perhaps the most majestic and beautiful of them all. The church grounds also has a museum that features many impressive pieces of historical spiritual art. The best way to visit the church is to buy a ticket to the museum and see both the church and museum on your visit. Trust me, you will not want to visit just one. You’ll need at least a few hours to see both. I had absolute complete freedom to roam anywhere on the property including up to the magnificent organ room on the upper level of the church. This was probably my favorite site during my Manila trip even though I’m not religious. You’ll find endless beautiful historical religious artifacts and works of art throughout the church and museum. Please remember this is still an active running church so please observe silence when visiting, especially in the church itself.
Written December 14, 2019
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elizabethlascheid
Culver City, CA4,425 contributions
Dec 2018 • Family
San Agustin is a Roman Catholic church under The Order of St. Augustine. It is located inside the walled city of Intramuros and a great find for any history buff. The church was completed in 1607 making it the oldest church in the country. Admission is for a fee because this is really more of a museum now, than a place to attend service. It is a historical landmark.

Inside and outside is beautiful. The church is well maintained and the walkways are lovely. There is art inside along with other collections that you will enjoy. The courtyard is just beautiful.
Written June 4, 2019
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wireless_in_CA
United States4,569 contributions
Feb 2019 • Family
We unfortunately came here during the lunch hour and the church and museum were closed. As a result we were only able to enjoy the exterior. The main doors had some extensive wood engravings. Looks like we will need to come back on a future visit to see the inside as well as the museum next door.

Written February 21, 2019
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China147,513 contributions
Nov 2011 • Couples
A visit to Intramuros should include a stop at San Augustin Church, which stands with only one of its original bell towers, the other destroyed during the WWII bombing. San Augustin can be visited for free. The very good antiquities collection and museum, located in the monastery attached to the cathedral is very good and shouldn't be missed. I believe the entrance was P100.

The cathedral area itself is nice and quite active. We visited a few times over the years and there always seems to be mass, a wedding or sizable crowds there for worship, a testimony to the importance of San Augustin not only to Manila and Philippine history but to the present day as well.

I particularly liked seeing the Chinese Lions because the Saint Statues outside, demonstrating the embracing and tolerant side of Catholicism that can be appreciated. However, the cathedral itself only requires a 10-15 minutes to visit on the inside, your time will be best spend in the impressive monastery museum attached.

A visit to San Agustin Church and monastery should also include visits to Manila Cathedral, Fort Santiago and the Rizal Shrine, nearby, as part of your overall visit to Intramuros.
Written December 1, 2011
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Victorianlad
Melbourne, Australia16,627 contributions
I visited this historic 1607 church on a Saturday morning.

A side exterior (fronting the street) had scaffolding erected.

Some Filipino guards were processing inside the church, and preparations were underway for either an 0900 or 0930 wedding that morning.

The church is ornate, with the chandeliers and altar both quite spectacular. They may be partly made of gold.

Manila's heat was already evident at 0845 but the church was cool inside.

There is a donations box.
Written March 27, 2009
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easterntreker
Halifax, Canada3,499 contributions
Feb 2019 • Couples
Be sure to check the time. We arrived at 11:30 am and the church was closed until 1pm . we only got to see it from the outside.
Written March 4, 2019
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