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5 Beautiful Heritage Churches To Visit Around Metro Manila

Add these to your list for Visita Iglesia!

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The Visita Iglesia is a sacred tradition for Roman Catholics during the Holy Week, specifically done on Maundy Thursday, with the goal of visiting seven churches in one day. 

For most Filipinos, it is common practice to go on this journey with the family. While there are a lot of churches you can easily go to within your neighborhood, there are a handful around Metro Manila that are worth the short drive for their rich history and standout architecture. 

We've listed five places you can visit to achieve peace while being able to appreciate the beauty of ancient buildings. Read on to find out which ones you should add to your itinerary: 

Main photos from: The Daily PediaSulit and Wikipedia.  

Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene (Quiapo Church)

Originally named as 
Saint John the Baptist Parish but colloquially known as Quiapo Church, the acclaimed structure is the home for the shrine of the Black Nazarene. Being a promiment part of Manila for many years, the church recently went under restoration but only the facade and dome were redesigned; the rest of the transept retained it's classic look. 

Where To Find It: Quezon Boulevard, Quiapo, Manila.

Photo from Catholic Church Mass Schedules.  

Basílica Menor de San Sebastián (San Sebastian Church)

The Basílica Menor de San Sebastián, better known as San Sebastian Church, was completed in 1981. A revival of intricate Gothic architecture, it is the only all-steel place of worship in the Philipines and the only prefabricated steel church in the world. 

Where To Find It: Pasaje del Carmen Street, Quiapo, Manila.

Photo from Wikipedia.  

San Agustin Church

Run under the auspices of The Order of St. Augustine during the colonial period, you will find this lovely church inside the walled city of Intramuros. It was patterned after churches built by Augustinians in Mexico and has a medieval feel to symbolize the majesty of the Spanish golden era. 

Where To Find It: General Luna Street, Intramuros, Manila.

Photo from The Daily Pedia.  

Shrine of St. Therese

The Shrine or Doctor of The Church began as a makeshift chapel in the then-Nichols Air Base but was expanded to meet the increasing volume of Philippine Air Force servicemen. It was consecrated on December 16, 1983 and dedicated to Saint Therese of the Child Jesus by Archbishop Bruno Torpigliani. 

Where To Find It: Newport Boulevard, Barangay 183, Zone 20 Villamor, Pasay City.

Photo from The Daily Pedia.  

Mt. Carmel Shrine

There aren’t a lot of recorded studies about the history of the parish apart from being established in February of 1975. However, since being declared as a pilgrimage church in 2012, it has become popular among devotees who seek healing and architecture enthusiasts for it's unique structure.

Where To Find It: Broadway Avenue (formerly Dona Juana Rodriguez Avenue), New Manila, Quezon City.

Photo from Sulit.  

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