“Visita Iglesia” or the custom of Church Visit in the Philippines is the Catholic ritual of praying the 14 Stations of the Cross in seven diverse churches in the course of Holy Week. In the period of pre-war in the country, Visita Iglesia was completed in the seven churches Intramuros, a historical place in the country. Upon warfare and earthquakes demolished five of the seven earliest churches, it has been up to standard to deliver the prayers in more churches.
If you are arranging to do your “Visita Iglesia” in the interior Manila this approaching Holy Week, you may perhaps want to place these five historical and beautiful churches in your travel plan.
1. Intramuros – San Agustin Church
At the same time during the course of repair, there is no refuting the splendor of San Agustin Church. Established in the year 1571, this ancient stone church as well as the Wedding Center of the Philippines is portion of the seven churches within the vicinity of Intramuros, where the Visita Iglesia of the locals first began.
In the year 1993, UNESCO proclaimedt San Agustin Chuch to be a World Heritage Spot –a feat for an elaborate building that endured centuries of war and calamities.
More generally recognized as the Binondo Church, this grand structure was established by the Dominicans in the year 1596, to work for the Chinese citizens who transformed to Catholicism. This religious structure gets its designation from first Filipino saint, St. Lorenzo Ruiz, a previous altar boy.
Similar to the close Binondo Church, the parish of Sta. Cruz was likewise built to serve the Chinese Catholics living in the area of Binondo. The first church erected in 1608 was demolished for the period of the World War 2. The current peach-colored, structure based on the European style was created in 1957.
Celebrated as the abode of the known-to-be amazing and miracle-doing Black Nazarene, the church in Quiapo has an extensive history of earthquakes attacks and conflagrations from the time when the first memorial in 1586. On the other hand the church persevered and presently stands in its cream and white magnificence in the midst of the eventful and vibrant Quiapo District.
5. Claro M. Recto St – Basilica of San Sebastian
San Sebastian Church is a lovely structure forming the Neo-Gothic construction customary in England. It is the single church in Asia that is made of all-steel materials. In accordance to Ambeth de Ocampo, a historian in the country, Gustav Eiffel–the creator of the renowned Eiffel Tower—may perhaps have been concerned in structuring San Sebastian Chapel. It is currently portion of the Philippine National Historical Landmarks.