Attractions

Manila Cathedral

Written by Patrick

Popes visiting the country conduct mass in Manila Cathedral which is now officially called Minor Basilica and Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.  The Manila Cathedral is also a popular tourist spot as well as wedding and photoshoot venue.

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Inside the Manila Cathedral.

Caption: Inside the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros.

Established in 1581, the Manila Cathedral was initially built using bamboo, nipa, and wood.  Over the years, it has been damaged and destroyed by fires, earthquakes, and bombings during World War II.  The current church structure, the eighth one, was built in 1954 to 1958.  It is of Neo-Romanesque style and is made of adobe and cement.  Located within the walled city of Intramuros, the cathedral now houses sacred relics, centuries-old artworks, and sculptures.

Aside from its religious significance, Manila Cathedral also played a role in the history of the Philippines in its fight for freedom.  It was totally destroyed by the Japanese in 1945 during the Battle of Manila.

Fast Facts

Attraction:
Manila Cathedral
Address:
Cabildo cor. Beaterio St., Intramuros, Manila
Phone:
(632) 8 527-3093 | (632) 8 527-1796 | (632) 8 527-3889 | (632) 8 527-3876
Hours:
Schedule of Masses
Mondays to Fridays – 7:30 AM and 12:10 PM
Saturdays – 7:30 AM ONLY
Sundays – 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM, and 6:00 PM

Office Hours
Tuesdays to Saturdays – 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Sundays – 8:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Closed:
Mondays & Holidays
Best Time to Visit:
During pilgrimage season and various Catholic events such as Christmas.
Food & Drink:
NO
FREE WiFi:
NO
Cost:
Cost per Person:  0
Payment Type:
Cash and Online banking
Fees:
Entrance to the church is free of charge
P32,000 – P42,000 ($640 USD – $840 USD) – Wedding fees including the use of chandelier
Notes:
Wear comfortable footwear good for a lot of walking.
Wear comfortable and decent clothing as you will be visiting a church.
Avoid wandering around the church when there’s a mass going on.

Cost per Person:  $= $1-5  |  $$ = $6-10  |  $$$ = $11-15  |  $$$$ = $15+

MAP

This attraction is located on Luzon Island in Intramuros, Manila.

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How to Get to Manila Cathedral?

By LRT 1

  1. Ride the LRT-1 and get off at Carriedo Station.
  2. Walk to Santa Cruz Church through the west side of Carriedo Street, then turn right on the next corner.
  3. Ride a jeepney in front of Santa Cruz Church bound to Pier and get off in front of Manila Cathedral. The fare is around P15 ($0.3 USD).

By LRT 2

  1.  Ride the LRT-2 and get off at Recto.
  2. Walk to LRT-1 station and take LRT-1 south bound or Baclaran bound.
  3. Get off at Carriedo Station and walk to Santa Cruz Church through the west side of Carriedo Street, then turn right on the next corner.
  4. Ride a jeepney in front of Santa Cruz Church bound to Pier and get off in front of Manila Cathedral. The fare is around P15 ($0.3 USD).

By MRT

  1. Ride the MRT and get off at Taft Station.
  2. Ride the LRT bound to the North or Monumento and get off at Carriedo Station.
  3. Walk to Santa Cruz Church through the west side of Carriedo Street, then turn right on the next corner.
  4. Ride a jeepney in front of Santa Cruz Church bound to Pier and get off in front of Manila Cathedral. The fare is around P15 ($0.3 USD).

By Jeepney

From Trinoma and SM City North EDSA

  1. Ride a jeepney plying the route of Project 6 – Pier South.
  2. Get off in front of Manila Cathedral.

From N.S. Amoranto Sr Avenue, Quezon City

  1. Ride a jeepney plying the route of Retiro – Pier South.
  2. Get off in front of Manila Cathedral.

Note: N.S Amoranto Sr. Avenue is formerly called Retiro.

From Marikina

  1.  Ride a jeepney bound to Divisoria and get off at Recto corner Avenida.
  2. Ride a jeepney bound to Pier.
  3. Get off in front of Manila Cathedral.

The airport closest to Manila Cathedral

Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) in Pasay is the closest airport to Manila Cathedral.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit this attraction to avoid crowds is early in the morning usually before 10:00 AM.

Closures

This Manila Cathedral office is closed on Mondays and Holidays but the church is open everyday.

Fees

Fees require payment in cash and online banking.

Food & Drink

Food and drinks from outside the attraction are not allowed at this attraction.

Alcohol

Consuming alcohol is not allowed at this attraction.

Pets

Pets are not allowed at this attraction.

Smoking

Smoking is not allowed at this attraction.

Trash

Please dispose of your trash properly or take it with you.  Don’t Trash the Philippines!  

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WHERE TO STAY

Hotels and resorts near Manila Cathedral:

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Photos

Some photos of the Manila Cathedral.

Videos

A video about the Manila Cathedral.

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About the Author

Patrick

Patrick is an entrepreneur, digital nomad, explorer, and photographer. Patrick is always in search of fun and adventure. He is well travelled throughout the world, and although location independent, his home base is Phoenix, Arizona in the USA. Patrick loves island lifestyle which is no wonder why he is so interested in spending time in the Philippines with it’s over 7,000 islands. Patrick created this site to share his knowledge of and experiences in the Philippines with Filipinos as well as other foreigners.

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