Holidays in Manila Cathedral

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Manila Cathedral featuring a church or cathedral, religious elements and heritage architecture

This important centre of worship has remained at the spiritual heart of Manila for over five centuries.

Manila Cathedral was founded in 1581, yet its current incarnation dates from as recently as 1958. During its rich history it has been destroyed by fire and earthquake, while bombing raids during the Second World War inflicted terrible damage. However, the building has risen from the ashes every time and is now one of the heritage highlights of the old city.

Before you step inside, take a look at the bronze panels on the main door to learn a little more about the cathedral’s changing fortunes, starting with the collapse of the original building in 1600. Pause to admire the neo-Romanesque façade with its carved saints and, just beneath the cross, the insignia of the papal keys and tiara, installed in 1981 to commemorate the visit of Pope John Paul II.

The cathedral’s richly decorated interior contains many interesting features, including one of the largest pipe organs in the Far East and some stunning stained glass. The main altar is adorned with an impressive gilded bronze statue of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception. Cast your eyes upwards to the dome, where eight pairs of windows feature yet more striking stained glass.

The side chapels off the main nave are filled with beautiful sacred paintings and sculptures as well as intricately decorated altarpieces. The Chapel of St Peter is particularly noted for its fine mosaic work, while the Chapel of the Sacred Heart and the Blessed Sacrament houses a celebrated bronze altar relief. Don’t miss the ornate marble pulpit and Episcopal throne, reminders of the cathedral’s rich architectural heritage. Before you leave, take a moment to breathe in the special atmosphere of this spiritual place which has triumphed over adversity time and time again.

Manila Cathedral is located in Intramuros, the old walled city. Take a taxi, or catch the light rail to Carriedo Station and hop on a jeepney for the short transfer. It is open daily and admission is free. Check the cathedral’s website for details of mass times and other events.

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3 out of 5
1158 A. Mabini St. Ermita, Manila, Manila
The price is AU$78 per night from 8 Dec. to 8 Dec.
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Bayview Park Hotel Manila
Bayview Park Hotel Manila
3 out of 5
1118 Roxas Boulevard, corner United Nations Avenue, Manila, Manila
The price is AU$103 per night from 10 Dec. to 10 Dec.
Located in Ermita, this hotel is steps away from Rizal Park and U.S. Embassy. Manila Bay and Manila Ocean Park are also within 10 minutes. United Nations LRT ...
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The Manila Hotel
The Manila Hotel
5 out of 5
One Rizal Park, Manila
The price is AU$225 per night from 1 Dec. to 1 Dec.
This family-friendly Manila hotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Rizal Park, Manila Bay and U.S. Embassy. Manila Ocean Park ...
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Red Planet Manila Binondo
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