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RaringtoGo8 wrote a review May 2020
Toronto, Canada208 contributions11 helpful votes
I love this church. Its spires tower above nearby buidlings and call you in. Inside it's cool and quiet for prayer and contemplation.
Date of experience: January 2020
efrenr916 wrote a review Dec 2019
Taguig City, Philippines314 contributions52 helpful votes
Uniquely the only architecture thats different from all other historic churches in the Philippines. While inside is a typical church interior, the building cladded with steel makes it a whole lot different.
Date of experience: February 2019
Ains T wrote a review Jul 2019
Manila, Philippines42 contributions3 helpful votes
More so than the other well known churches in Intramuros, the San Sebastián church is spectacular. Must-go when in Manila.
Date of experience: July 2019
leah wrote a review Jun 2019
Mandaluyong, Philippines763 contributions304 helpful votes
How can a Gothic church be made of steel? San Sebastian Church looks entirely modern from the outside - we even espied some rust in parts easily visible to the naked eye. And it's said that this church is the only all-steel church in Asia. But the rust bothered me - if there's some on the outside, there must be lots of it on the inside! We all know how insidious rust can be in terms of being destructive. Another interesting tidbit about this church is that it was designed by Gustave Eiffel, Yup of the famed Eiffel Tower! Maybe. But I can be sure that this church obviously had strong European influence aside from French design. First off, the Philippines did not have a steel industry in the 1880s. Europe did - and in fact all the steel used in building this church was imported from Belgium. Of course, our Spanish conquerors had a big hand in building this church since we did not succeed in driving them off until 1898. To represent Asia, the Chinese also had a lot to do with this church. Filipinos were trading with the Chinese since before the Spaniards came and lots of them stayed and became extremely wealthy Chinoys. Which begs the question why are they so quiet given recent events? Anyway, San Sebastian has a colored history. And since I'm big on history, I'm very much drawn to this church. From Mendiola Bridge, it's graceful steel spires peek and demand to be noticed amid buildings and rooftops. Inside the church is a wonder of cathedral design. Of course I expected the stained glass windows depicting Bible stories, the high ribbed vaulted ceilings, the medieval looking pulpit and architectural details, the paintings and sculptures. From cold steel to warm romantic Gothic - hope the rust is kept at bay so that generations more can enjoy the looks and history of this church.…
Date of experience: April 2019
Judith B wrote a review May 2019
38 contributions19 helpful votes
It was the perfect church for my dream wedding! When the wedding photos came out, a lot of people thought I got married in Europe. The interiors are indeed amazing. The mass was very solemn against the intricate details inside the all-steel church. I'm so blessed to have my wedding in my favorite church! A dream come true indeed!…
Date of experience: August 2018