Visita Iglesia in Manila

 

Semana Santa (Holy Week) is the only time (except during Manny Pacquiao’s fights) that Manila is transformed into a peaceful and traffic-free city. This is because most Manila residents take advantage of the holiday to go home to the provinces or go out of town for a longer vacation time with family and friends. Those who choose to stay in the city, participate in a religious tradition called Visita Iglesia (church visit).

Here are some of the churches around the city of Manila:

 

 Baclaran/Redemptorist Church
– National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help
– completed in 1952
– houses an icon, Our Mother of Perpetual Help

 

Baclaran Church 2010

 

Reclamation Area Church
Archdiocesan Shrine of Jesus, the Way, the Truth, & the Life

 

Reclamation Church 2010

 

Binondo Church
– Minor Basilica of San Lorenzo Ruiz
– built in 1596 and enlarged in 1608
– exterior: Mexican-Spanish colonial architecture
– San Lorenzo Ruiz, the Philippines’ first saint trained as a sacristan in this church

 

Binondo Church 2010

 

Sta. Cruz Church
– Our Lady of Pilar Parish
– originally built in 1619; present building completed in 1957
– exterior: Baroque

 

Sta. Cruz Church

(Source)

 

Manila Cathedral
– Cathedral – Basilica of the Immaculate Conception
– present building completed in 1958
– exterior: Neo-Romanesque
– dedicated to Saint Mary under the title Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, patroness of the Philippines.

 

Manila Cathedral 2010

 

San Agustin Church
– Shrine of Nuestra Señora de Consolación y Correa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
– completed in 1607
– exterior: Baroque

 

San Agustin Church 2010

 

San Beda Church
– Abbey of our Lady of Montserrat

 

San Beda Church

(Source)

 

San Sebastian Church
– Basilica Minore de San Sebastián
– built in 1893
– exterior: Neo-Gothic
– seat of the Parish of San Sebastian and the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

 

San Sebastian Church

(Source)

 

Quiapo Church
– Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene
– St. John the Baptist Parish
– exterior: Mexican baroque
– home to the Black Nazarene

 

Quiapo Church 2004

 

Ermita Church
– Parish of Nuestra Señora de Guia
– home of the oldest Marian Image in the Philippines, Nuestra Señora de Guia

 

Ermita Church 2010

 

Malate Church
– Shrine of Nuestra Señora de Remedios
– built in the late 16th century
– exterior: Baroque
– one of the oldest churches in Manila outside of Intramuros

 

Malate Church 2010

 

 

 

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~ by Happy Sole on April 3, 2010.

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