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Manila Cathedral, Manila

#4 of 67 in Historic Sites in Metro Manila
Religious Site · Tourist Spot
Originally a small, 16th-century parish church, Manila Cathedral rose from the ashes a total of eight times before becoming the ornate European-style basilica you see today. As you approach the major public square where the cathedral lies, notice the stone statues of saints and artistic bronze carvings embellishing the main facade. Step inside to observe rose-glass windows, a total of eight chapels dedicated to saints, the principal altar bearing the image of the Blessed Mother, and the episcopal throne made of Italian marble. Masses tend to draw large crowds, which can limit your movement and chances to explore. Work out when and for how long to visit Manila Cathedral and other Manila attractions using our handy Manila holiday maker app.
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  • 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.  more »
  • One of the old yet nicest church I've been. Historical and one of the place that will bring up your faith.  more »
  • it reminds me of the Spanish time, way way back , not ny time but the stories told by my parents
  • The Church is well maintained. Structurally sound. Some historical details might be modified due to multiple renovations but still, the whole structure is breathtaking. There are also church's personnel that offers tour services around the cathedral if you want a deeper understanding about the history of the said place. There are souvenirs for sale inside the place. Best place to take photos as well. And, for those who are planning to set this place as a wedding venue, highly recommended. But I do recommend to avoid littering. Please observe cleanliness and order. Also, avoid making loud sounds / noise inside the cathedral. It is a place for worship. Please also respect other religion's practices and presence. Please don't vandalize. In general, very awesome place. Highly recommended to all tourist. Especially to those who want to see in person the one of the historical sites in the Philippines 🇵🇭
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