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Monday, October 24, 2011

Manila Cathedral and San Agustin Church

These two churches are both located along Gen. Luna Street in Intramuros, Manila. If you’re entering Intramuros from Padre Burgos Street, you’ll see Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila first followed by Philippine National Red Cross, then San Agustin Church. At the end of Gen. Luna Street are the Palacio del Gobernador and Manila Cathedral.

I forgot to take pictures of the interior of San Agustin Church. I took more pictures of Manila Cathedral though. Once I have my DSLR (hopefully this December) I would definitely go back to Intramuros and take pictures of these two churches again. For now, let me post the pictures of Manila Cathedral and San Agustin Church.

Tomorrow, I’ll be posting the pictures of other establishments along Gen. Luna Street in Intramuros. I wasn’t able to explore the rest of Intramuros but hopefully I’ll do that once I have that dream Nikon DSLR of mine.

San Agustin Church:

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Manila Cathedral:

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The marker on Manila Cathedral reads:

“Roman Catholic Cathedral of Manila

First cathedral built in 1581. Damaged by a typhoon, 1582 and destroyed by fired, 1583. Second cathedral built of stone in 1592 and partially destroyed by earthquake, 1600. Third cathedral built in 1614 and destroyed by the earthquake of 1645. Fourth cathedral magnificently built in 1654-1671 by Archbishop Miguel Poblete and destroyed by the earthquake of 3 June 1863. Fifth cathedral built in 1870-1879 under architects Luciano Oliver, Vicente Serrano Salaverria and Eduardo Lopez Navarro and solemnly blessed in December 1879. The center of the cross on the dome is a reference point of astronomical longitudes of the archipelago. Destroyed during the Battle of Manila in 1945. Sixth cathedral reconstructed, 1954-1958, under the direction of Archbishop Rufino J. Santos of Manila mainly with the support of the people. Fernando Ocampo, architect.”

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