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San Agustin Church – Intramuros

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San Agustin Church in Intramuros

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Founded in 1571, San Agustin Church is originally made of bamboo and nipa but got destroyed by a fire in 1574 when the forces of Chinese pirate Limahong invaded Manila.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.

Fast Facts

Attraction:
San Agustin Church
Type of Attraction:
Cultural Attractions | Historical Attractions | Religious Attractions
Address:
General Luna St., Intramuros, Manila 1002
Website:
Phone:
(+638) 527 2746
Hours:
Tuesday-Sunday 08:00-17:00
Closed:
Mondays
Best Time to Visit:
Everyday except Monday
Food & Drink:
NO
FREE WiFi:
NO
Cost:
Cost per Person: $1-5
Payment Type:
Cash
Fees:
Entrance to the church is free of charge

P200 ($ 4 USD) – San Agustin Museum entrance fee

P15,000 – P35,000 ($300 – $700 USD) – Wedding fees
Notes:
Observe proper health protocol to avoid the spread of Covid.

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.

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This attraction  is located on Luzon Island in Metro Manila.

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NEED TO KNOW

Alcohol

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.

Closures

This attraction is closed on Mondays

Fees

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

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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NEARBY

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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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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