Philippines is a destination renowned for its history and traditions as well as its facilities, attractions, dining and shopping options. Travellers to this Southeast Asian republic will be in for a vacation surrounded by a variety of exciting and memorable adventures. With regard to the country’s rich history, an attraction that boasts tradition and religion is the San Agustin Church. The church is situated inside the walled city known as the city of Intramuros located in Manila. This attraction is a must see when visiting the Philippines.
The San Agustin Church that was completed and revealed in the year 1607 is the oldest church still standing in the Philippines. This breathtaking Roman Catholic Church is also the only surviving building in the city built during this time; the other surrounding buildings were destroyed during the devastating earthquake that rocked the city of Manila in 1863. The church further survived the fearsome bombardments during World War II. The church together with its century old history still stands as one of the republic’s most treasured landmarks today.
Travellers to the San Agustin Church can explore the church’s 24.93 metre wide and 67.15 metre long foundations that boast brilliant architecture, ornamental doors, murals, glass paintings and baroque settings. The church features an interior that forms a Latin cross housing over 13 side chapels and a beautiful mosaic trompe-l’oeil ceiling designed and painted by renowned Italian artists Giovanni Dibella and Cesare Alberoni. The church also possesses a picturesque courtyard within its premises; a number of granite-sculptured lions grace the garden. Travellers to this sanctuary will be able to observe a panoramic view of the church’s interior when they reach the choir lift. At this section of the church, you can view the ancient chandeliers and the magnificent mural paintings on its walls and ceilings.
San Agustin Church, which is a recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site, is also home to a museum and tomb that contains the remains of Spanish conquerors Juan de Salcedo, Marting de Goiti and Miguel Lopez. The vault also houses the tombs of Spanish governors, archbishops, painters and statesmen. The Church is also home to the famed crowned picture of Our Lady of Consolation.