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Manila Cathedral

This richly decorated Roman Catholic Basilica has made it through the centuries despite being destroyed by fires, bombs and earthquakes.

Manila Cathedral is a great survivor. The current cathedral is the eighth incarnation on this spot since the church’s founding in 1581. The last rebuilding project was completed in 1958 after it was destroyed by bombs during World War II. Visit the cathedral to admire its decorative interior.

Start your tour of the building by looking over some of the notable features of its neo-Romanesque facade. The bronze panels on the church’s main door depict key moments in its history including the collapse of the first building in 1600. Look for the white disc at the top of the façade just under the cross. It features a large insignia of the papal keys and papal tiara to commemorate the visit of Pope John Paul II in 1981. Admire the stone statues of saints.

Once inside, turn around to look at the choir loft above the entrance. It contains the pipe organ, one of the largest in the Far East.

Walk down the central nave to the principal altar which has a life-size gilded bronze statue of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception. Appreciate the designs and colors of the church’s stained glass windows. There are more than 130 including eights pairs of windows inside the cathedral’s dome.

Go down the right and left naves to explore sculptures, paintings and decorative altarpieces of the eight side chapels. Examine the mosaic inside The Chapel of St. Peter and the bronze relief on the altar inside The Chapel of the Sacred Heart and the Blessed Sacrament. 

As you make your way through the cathedral, note the abundance of marble. Many of the altars are made of marble as are the pulpit and the Episcopal Throne. The cathedral floor and the chapels are paved with the rock.

The cathedral is situated in the old walled city of Intramuros and can easily be reached by taxi. Alternatively, you can ride the light rail to Carriedo Station and take a jeepney from there.

The Cathedral of Manila is open daily. Admission is free. For the schedule of masses and special services visit the church’s official website.


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Bayview Park Hotel Manila ¥7,545
Bayview Park Hotel Manila

Bayview Park Hotel Manila

1118 Roxas Boulevard, corner United Nations Avenue, Manila, Manila
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Ermita, this hotel is steps from U.S. Embassy and Rizal Park. Manila Bay and Manila Ocean Park are also within 10 minutes. United Nations LRT Station is 10 minutes by foot and Pedro Gil LRT Station is 18 minutes.

    Manila Lotus Hotel ¥4,399
    Manila Lotus Hotel

    Manila Lotus Hotel

    1277 A Mabini cor Padre Faura, Manila
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Ermita, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Robinson's Place, Manila Bay, and Rizal Park. U.S. Embassy and Manila Doctors Hospital are also within 10 minutes. United Nations LRT Station is 11 minutes by foot and Pedro Gil LRT Station is 12 minutes.

      The Bayleaf Intramuros
      The Bayleaf Intramuros

      The Bayleaf Intramuros

      Muralla Corner Victoria Streets, Intramuros, Manila, Manila
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Intramuros, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Manila City Hall, SM City Manila, and San Agustin Church. Rizal Park and Manila Cathedral are also within 15 minutes. Carriedo LRT Station is 16 minutes by foot and United Nations LRT Station is 17 minutes.

        City Garden Suites Manila ¥4,910
        City Garden Suites Manila

        City Garden Suites Manila

        1158 A. Mabini St. Ermita, Manila, Manila
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Ermita, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rizal Park, U.S. Embassy, and Manila Bay. Manila Doctors Hospital and Robinson's Place are also within 10 minutes. United Nations LRT Station is 8 minutes by foot and Pedro Gil LRT Station is 15 minutes.

          Hotel 99 Quiapo
          Hotel 99 Quiapo

          Hotel 99 Quiapo

          361 Bautista corner Hidalgo St, Metro, Luzon, Manila
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Rizal Park, Manila Ocean Park, and Manila Bay. U.S. Embassy and SM Mall of Asia are also within 6 mi (10 km). Carriedo LRT Station is only a 5-minute walk and Recto LRT Station is 9 minutes.

            White Knight Hotel Intramuros ¥4,199
            White Knight Hotel Intramuros

            White Knight Hotel Intramuros

            Plaza San Luis Complex General Luna St., Intramuros, Manila, Manila
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Intramuros, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of San Agustin Church and Manila Cathedral. Rizal Park and SM City Manila are also within 15 minutes. United Nations LRT Station is 17 minutes by foot and Carriedo LRT Station is 20 minutes.

              Time Traveller's Hotel
              Time Traveller's Hotel

              Time Traveller's Hotel

              1184-1188 A. Mabini Street, Ermita, Manila, NCR
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Ermita, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rizal Park, U.S. Embassy, and Manila Bay. Manila Doctors Hospital and Robinson's Place are also within 10 minutes. United Nations LRT Station is 8 minutes by foot and Pedro Gil LRT Station is 14 minutes.

                OYO 416 Lucky Hotel ¥1,857
                OYO 416 Lucky Hotel

                OYO 416 Lucky Hotel

                1, 589 Quintin Paredes Rd, Binondo, Manila, Manila, Manila
                   
                  2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Santa Cruz, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Divisoria Market and Quiapo Church. Manila Cathedral and San Agustin Church are also within 1 mi (2 km). Carriedo LRT Station is 11 minutes by foot and Doroteo Jose LRT Station is 16 minutes.