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Monday, January 14, 2013

Sta. Cruz Church, Manila

Sta. Cruz Church is walking-distance from the famous Quiapo Church. If you happen to visit the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene, you might as well visit the Sta. Cruz Church in the City of Manila.


The marker on the church’s façade reads:

Church of Santa Cruz

This church was built and administered by the Jesuits up to 1768. Adjoining was the Jesuit College of San Ildefonso, founded by Governor Alfonso Fajardo de la Tenza on January 9, 1724. The titular Patroness of the Church is Nuestra Señora del Pilar, whose statue was brought from Spain prior to 1768. The Confraternity of Nuestra Señora del Pilar was canonically founded in this church in 1743. On the surrounding Plaza the British returned the City of Manila to Simon de Anda y Salazar in 1764.


By the way, the marker was placed by the Historical Research and Markers Committee. The Sta. Cruz Church resembles that of Quiapo Church but instead of 2 bell towers, Sta. Cruz Church only has one.

Have you been to this church?


The side entrance of the Sta. Cruz Church in the City of Manila.


The interior of the church.


San Lorenzo Ruiz, the First Filipino Saint.


The Bell Tower of Sta. Cruz Church.


The façade of Sta. Cruz Church in the City of Manila.

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