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Manila Cathedral (Intramuros, Manila)

Posted by admin on July 27, 2006


5 Responses to “Manila Cathedral (Intramuros, Manila)”

  1. admin said

    The Manila Cathedral (Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception)

    The Manila Cathedral (Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception) in Intramuros is currently the seat of the Archdiocese of Manila. It was the seat of the Archbishop of Manila during the Spanish Colonial Period in the Philippines, and still remains to be the ecclesiastical seat of the Archdiocese of Manila.

    The cathedral was destroyed five times since its inception in 1581.The first cathedral, made of nipa and bamboos, was built in 1581. It was damaged by a typhoon in 1582 and razed by fire in 1583. It was rebuilt in 1592 but was destroyed by an earthquake in 1600. It was rebuilt for the third time, with three naves and seven chapels, in 1584 and blessed in 1614. It was toppled by another earthquake in 1645. Again, it was rebuilt but was severely damaged in 1863 by another strong earthquake. In 1880, another earthquake destroyed most of the cathedral including its huge bell tower. The fifth cathedral was constructed in 1870-1879. It was solemnly blessed in December of 1879 with the center cross of the dome being a reference point of astronomical longitudes of the archipelago. Alas, the magnificent cathedral was once again destroyed during World War II.

    The present cathedral was constructed in 1954 to 1958 under Archbishop Rufino Santos of Manila and under the supervision of National Artist for Architecture, Fernando Ocampo. It was elevated into the rank of Basilica Minore in 1981 by Pope John Paul II.

    Incidentally, the cathedral is also the resting place for Jaime Cardinal Sin, considered to be one of the leaders of the Edsa Revolution.


  2. Rose Mutia said

    Hi i would like to know what is the papers/requirments needed if we getting married at the church of manila cathedral?specially my future husband is foriegner?and how much would cost?Im looking forward to heard your reply….thank you so much.

  3. anne gelika said

    cnu cnu ung mga parish priests dito sa cathedral???

  4. Jesus Manduriao said

    I love this Church, this is a beautiful and historical church. To the management, where and how can I get a copy of my mother’s Angelita Prieto and John Hankins marriage certificate with the official seal of the church. They got married on December 14, 1933. Under Register No. 101478. My existing copy could barely readable.

  5. pwede ko po bang malaman kung ano ang contact number jan sa cathedral intramuros? o may Lady of Fatima po ba jan sa cathedral? any number which i can contact,pls.? this is my contact number…09263987856

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