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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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The Manila Hotel ¥9,565
The Manila Hotel

The Manila Hotel

One Rizal Park, Manila
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly Manila hotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Rizal Park, Manila Ocean Park, and Manila Bay. U.S. Embassy and San Agustin Church are also within 15 minutes. United Nations LRT Station is 17 minutes by foot and Central LRT Station is 20 minutes.

    Hotel H2O ¥6,949
    Hotel H2O

    Hotel H2O

    Luneta, (Behind the Quirino Grandstand), Manila
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly Manila hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 5-minute walk of Manila Ocean Park and Manila Bay. Rizal Park and U.S. Embassy are also within 10 minutes. United Nations LRT Station is 19 minutes by foot and Central LRT Station is 25 minutes.

      Bayview Park Hotel Manila ¥5,259
      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.

        The Bayleaf Intramuros ¥4,772
        The Bayleaf Intramuros

        The Bayleaf Intramuros

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

          Situated in the historical district, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of San Agustin Church, Fort Santiago, and Manila Cathedral. Rizal Park and Manila Ocean Park are also within 1 mi (2 km). United Nations LRT Station is 17 minutes by foot and Central LRT Station is 23 minutes.

          White Knight Hotel Intramuros ¥5,569
          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

            Situated in the historical district, this hotel is steps from Casa Manila Museum, San Agustin Church, and Fort Santiago. Rizal Park and Manila Cathedral are also within 10 minutes. Central LRT Station is 14 minutes by foot and United Nations LRT Station is 17 minutes.

            Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila ¥11,627
            Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila

            Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila

            CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay, Manila
               
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              This family-friendly Pasay hotel is located near the airport, within a 5-minute walk of Manila Bay and Philippine International Convention Center. SM Mall of Asia and Baywalk are also within 2 mi (3 km). Gil Puyat LRT Station is 25 minutes by foot and Gil Puyat LRT Station is 25 minutes.

              Diamond Hotel Philippines ¥10,115
              Diamond Hotel Philippines

              Diamond Hotel Philippines

              Roxas Blvd Cor Dr J Quintos, Manila, Manila
                 
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Ermita, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Manila Bay, Baywalk, and Robinson's Place. U.S. Embassy and Rizal Park are also within 15 minutes. Pedro Gil LRT Station is 11 minutes by foot and United Nations LRT Station is 20 minutes.

                Red Planet Manila Bay ¥3,902
                Red Planet Manila Bay

                Red Planet Manila Bay

                Arquiza St. cor Alhambra St., Ermita, 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. Robinson's Place and Manila Doctors Hospital are also within 10 minutes. United Nations LRT Station is 12 minutes by foot and Pedro Gil LRT Station is 16 minutes.