San Sebastian Church

Attraction Pasaje del Carmen St Quiapo, Manila Metro Manila Philippines Published on: 13-11-2015

2 hours 30 mins
08:00 AM - 06:00 PM
09:00 AM
11:30 AM
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Free
Architecture
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San Sebastian Church or the Basilica Minore de San Sebastián, better known as San Sebastián Church, is a Roman Catholic minor basilica in Manila, Philippines.

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Why San Sebastian Church is special ?

San Sebastian Church or the Basilica Minore de San Sebastián, better known as San Sebastián Church, is a Roman Catholic minor basilica in Manila, Philippines. It is the seat of the Parish of San Sebastian and the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. Completed in 1891, San Sebastián Church is noted for its architectural features. An example of the revival of Gothic architecture in the Philippines, it is the only all-steel church or basilica in Asia, and claimed as the only prefabricated steel church in the world. In 2006, San Sebastian Church was included in the Tentative List for possible designation as a World Heritage Site. It was designated as a National Historical Landmark by the Philippine government in 1973.


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What to explore at San Sebastian Church?

San Sebastian Church has two openwork towers and steel vaulting. From its floor, the basilica's nave rises 12 meters to the dome, and 32 meters to the tip of the twin spires.

The faux finished interior of the church incorporates groined vaults in the Gothic architecture style permitting very ample illumination from lateral windows. The steel columns, walls and ceiling were painted by Lorenzo Rocha, Isabelo Tampingco and Félix Martínez to give the appearance of marble and jasper. Trompe l'oeil paintings of saints and martyrs by Rocha were used to decorate the interiors of the church. True to the Gothic revival spirit of the church are its confessionals, pulpit, altars and five retablos designed by Lorenzo Guerrero and Rocha. The sculptor Eusebio Garcia carved the statues of holy men and women. Six holy water fonts were constructed for the church, each crafted from marble obtained from Romblon.

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How to get to San Sebastian Church?

If you are boarding the LRT 1, get off at Doroteo Jose station. Ride a jeep bound to Sta. Mesa in Recto. Then alight before the crossing reaching Mendiola and walk towards Ayala Bridge. Turn right before San Rfael Street and you should immediately see a light blue gothic church. From Quiapo, ride a jeep bound to Sta. Mesa and follow the above instructions.

Alternatively, you may get off at LRT 1 Central station. Then ride a jeep bound to San Sebastian where you will be dropped off in front of the church. As around for jeep with the signboard San Miguel-Quiappo.

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Selling points

  • One of the most beautiful church in the country
  • looks like iglesia
  • Impressive Architectural Design
  • Steel Church
  • Very Distinct Church in Asia
3  nice days in Manila with my family

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  • It's possible to take pictures there
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  • The only church that has an all-steel altar in the whole world
    What to see
  • Location is easy to miss cause its not in the main road but you can ask trikes for jeepney drivers for directions
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  • You should try & do a gentle tap on the Basilica walls. There's a place to light candles for your wishes and prayers in the garden area.
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The metal used to build the church imported from Belguim, and the church was designed by Alexander Guatve Eiffel, the brains behind the Eiffel Tower.

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Gothic architecture, awesome interior, magnificent stained glass windows! A candidate for World Heritage Site, it is the only all-steel church in Asia and the only prefab steel church in the world.

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The only church that has an all-steel altar in the whole world.

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The unique Gothic structure, intricate adornments, and elaborate stained glass windows provide an interesting backdrop for weddings, turning out beautiful photos that look llike renaissance paintings!

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Its not true that this basilica was designed by Eiffel. Its just an urban legend based on hearsay.

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San Sebastian Church is one of the oldest church/cathedral in the Philippines. The architectural facade of the church is very unque since the base was imported from Europe. The only all steel Baroque style church that is standing in the hear of Manila.

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I have never been religious in any sense, but the architecture of old catholic temples is awesome. This place is not an exclusion - beautiful building, quiet, cool - you can just seat here and relax.

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I went here sometime last year and it still does not change, they kept it clean and maintained it good. Still very quiet but there are still people outside that are annoying, hehe. I used to do shows at San Sebastian School beside it thus I always get the chance to be here before, it just so happened that I have to drop by here last year because I'm visiting a friend near the area. You can always drop by here for praying or just seeing its beauty outside.

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I have never been religious in any sense, but the architecture of old catholic temples is awesome. This place is not an exclusion - beautiful building, quiet, cool - you can just seat here and relax.

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Best church in the Philippines.

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