Founded in 1571, San Agustin Church is originally made of bamboo and nipa but got destroyed by a fire in 1574 when the forces of Chinese pirate Limahong invaded Manila. It was rebuilt made of wood, but again, it was destroyed by a fire during the Spanish era.
The one currently standing is the church’s third structure. It was constructed from 1586 to 1607 using hewn adobe stones from the province of Bulacan and Rizal. It features ornate interiors adorned with moldings and carvings. The vaulted ceilings showcase the splendid paintings in the trompe l’oeil by two Italian artists. Recognized as the oldest stone church in the Philippines, San Agustin church houses a grand pipe organ, 17th century carved choir seats made from molave, 16th century crucifix, and 16 sets of chandeliers from Paris. The church is an image of grandeur and beauty making it an in demand venue for weddings, photoshoots, and tours.
The remains of famous names in Philippine history such as Miguel López de Legazpi and Juan Luna, are buried within the premises of the church.
San Agustin Church was named a National Historical Landmark and designated as the World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
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NEED TO KNOW
Consuming alcohol is not allowed at this attraction.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit this attraction to avoid crowds is early in the morning usually before 10:00 AM.
This attraction is closed on Mondays.
Fees require payment in cash. Credit cards are not accepted at this attraction.
Food & Drink
Food and drinks from outside the attraction are not allowed at this attraction.
Pets are not allowed at this attraction.
Smoking is not allowed at this attraction.
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The following are other points of interest are nearby:
- The Manila Cathedral
- Museo de Intramuros
- Intramuros Golf Club
- Baluarte de San Diego
- Manila Ocean Park
- National Museum of the Philippines
- National Museum of Natural History
- Rizal Park
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