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The Manila Cathedral isn’t just a holy place. It’s also not just an architectural beauty where you can have the wedding ceremony of your dreams – although these things are quite enough reasons to go visit. However, there are other reasons why you should certainly visit this place that seats the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Manila or also regarded as the Roman Catholic Primate of the Philippines.
The Manila Cathedral is one of the oldest stone churches in the country along with the San Agustin Church. Built initially as a simple parish in 1571, this magnificent structure has experienced countless wars and natural disasters and has since hosted countless historical events including a papal visit from Pope John Paul II and Pope Francis.
Its location in Intramuros is also as historical as the minor basilica itself. So, you know that you’re walking down a long historical lane even if you’re outside the parish.
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From a simple beginning, the Manila Cathedral has since seen countless reconstruction and restoration due to many wars and natural occurrences that have happened throughout the years. Currently, it boasts a Neo-Romanesque architectural style with its magnificent cupola, stained glass windows, and mosaic walls.
The Manila Cathedral also currently houses a large organ with 4500 pipes which were built in the Netherlands. As well as statues carved out from Roman travertine stones. It’s bells, though lowered in 2011 to prevent a collapse, is considered to be the largest one in the country and is currently still being used.
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Of course, the fact that it is one of the oldest and longest-running cathedral-basilica in the country says a lot about its faith and devotion. The Manila Cathedral has masses every day of the week where visitors and devout Catholics can take part in.
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Intramuros, the walled city in Manila, is one of the top tourist destinations you can visit in the country’s capital. Visitors can find plenty of places and activities to do while exploring this place including a visit to the country’s premier church, the Manila Cathedral. Aside from that, there are also plenty of things to explore and visit in Manila in general.
If you’re planning to visit the country soon specifically staying in Manila, you’ll find that there are already plenty of places you can explore. To help you save on your travel costs and be able to spend more time and resources on other things, why don’t you try staying in budget hotels?
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