Cathedral of Manila
Discover one of Manila’s most historic churches with a visit to Manila Cathedral. The Romanesque building is one of the most striking pieces of architecture in the city, standing in sharp contrast to the modern skyscrapers that dominate the city skyline.
The cathedral's history
First built in 1581, the cathedral has been damaged and rebuilt several times over the course of its history, with its most recent refurbishment taking place in 1951. Renovations faithfully restored the church in Plaza de Roma to its former glory and, today, the church looks much as it would have more than a century ago.
A work of art
The intricate detailing inside the church is no less impressive than its exterior, with a gilded gold alter, beautiful stained glass and a bronze door with friezes depicting important events in the church’s history. Its most prominent feature, a 4,500-pipe organ, has helped to make the Manila Cathedral a popular attraction in the city as revellers come to listen to the monumental instrument and attend mass.
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