Historical churches

Christian devotees participate in what was known as visita Iglesia or the Seven Churches Visitation, a Roman Catholic Lenten tradition of visiting seven churches or religious sites, traditionally observed on Maundy Thursday.

Before WW2, Intramuros had eight churches within its confines so that devotees would not have a hard time visting each church, the "Liberation" destroyed most of these churches and only the Manila Casthedral and San Agustin churches remained.

For those still willing to do the sacrifice, they can start with San Agustin Church originally known as "Iglesia de San Pablo" founded in 1571, the oldest stone church in the Philippines. It is administered by the Order of Saint Agustine (Augustinian Friars).

Since the time of its foundation, the devotion to Nuestra Senora dela Consolacion y Cirrea is celebrated every Saturday. In this church is the tomb of "El Adelantado Miguel Lopez de Legaspi," founder of the City of Manila. Terms for the American occupation of Manila was signed in the sacristy and First Plenary Council of the Philippine The Church before it became a Cathedral

Within walking distance is the Manila Cathedral. On January 24, 1571 , feast of St. John the Baptist, the Spanish conquistador Miguel Lopez de Legaspi founded the city of Manila. He earlier taken possession of Maynilad, the native settlement of Rajah Matanda and Rajah Sulayman on May 19, 1571, and firmly established Spanish authority in the newly conquered and untrammeled turf.

By jeep, one can reach San Sebastian Church in Quiapo, one of Manila's older districts. Surrounding it are rows of old houses. The Church of San Sebastian is made of a steel frame and panels and is known for its distinct characteristic - that of being the only neo-gothic steel church in the Philippines and in Asia. The steel parts were manufactured in the Societe Anonyme's foundry in Binche, Belgium, and were shipped to Manila.

Binondo Church is a historic landmark among the Fil-Chinese. One of the oldest churches in the country, Binondo Church is located on Ongpin Street in the heart of Manila's Chinatown district.The church's patroness is the image of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary but there is also an image of St. Lorenzo Ruiz on the left side of the altar to honor the first Filipino saint.

St. Lorenzo Ruiz, who was a Filipino-Chinese, served as an altar boy at the church in the 17th century. He went to Japan as a missionary but, together with his shipmates, was executed because of his religion.

The present granite structure was completed in 1852, some two centuries after the Dominican priests built the original church in 1596. Today, what was left of the 16th century structure is the Chinese-inspired octagonal bell tower.

The original structure was torn down a few times during the Chinese revolt in 1603, during the brief occupation of the British who bombarded the structure in 1762, in an earthquake a century later, and during the American occupation when they bombed Manila.

Quiapo Church, officially known as Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene, is a Roman Catholic church located in the District of Quiapo, Manila, in the Philippines. The church is one of the most popular churches in the country. It is home to the Black Nazarene, a much venerated statue of Jesus Christ which many people believe has miraculous attributes. The church was painted cream after the original Mexican Baroque edifice was burned down in 1928. It is expanded to its current form in 1984 to accommodate thousands of devotees. Also known as St. John the Baptist Parish, the church at present belongs to the Archdiocese of Manila.

Malate Church is one of the Philippines' oldest and uniquely designed churches. With its convenient location, one can easily drop by this popular historical building. Know more as GoodBuyHolidays.com writes about this 16th century Baroque church.

Malate Church was originally built in 1588, and is still in service today. The building has taken a few blows in its history. A typhoon in 1868 destroyed the church completely, and the church was rebuilt on the same location. During World War II, the church took severe structural damage. Malate Church was restored in the 1950's to its current state, but the church still retains the same stone facade and baroque styling that it exuded in the 16th century.

St Jude.The Chinese presence in the Philippines goes back many centuries. With the coming of the Spaniards, the evangelization and pastoral care of the Chinese in Manila came under the Dominicans.

The Philippine Independent Church (Aglipay). The National Cathedral is the center for the life, work, and witness of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente. It is the seat of the Obispo Maximo who is the Chief Pastor and Spiritual Head of the Church.

The National Cathedral was built in 1969 and dedicated to the honor of the Holy Infant Jesus (Holy Child). It replaced the first Cathedral in Tondo, Manila, that was completely destroyed during World War II.

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