The renowned Manila Cathedral is an important Roman Catholic basilica, which is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, who is also considered to be the Philippines’ Principal Patroness. The initial place of worship constructed at the site dates back to 1581; unfortunately for various reasons, the church was destroyed and was rebuilt several times. The current building that stands today is in fact the eighth incarnation of the shrine and was inaugurated in 1958.
Many noteworthy features may be observed at this illustrious place of worship. The principal facade seen today is in fact a copy of the same structure in the former incarnation of the church. Similarly, a number of the statues of well-known saints are replicas, and are fashioned in travertine stone. However, in the previous church the figures were composed of molave wood. Numerous valuable artworks to be seen inside the cathedral are the work of renowned Italian artists such as Livia Papini, Angelo Fattinanzi and Alcide Tico. To commemorate Pope John Paul II’s visit to the cathedral in 1981, a large representation of the Papal Tiara and Papal Keys was created and prominently displayed on the basilica’s front facade. The cathedral’s dome also features the red hat of Cardinal Rufino Santos on its ceiling. You will also see a replica of the seated statue of Saint Peter seen in Saint Peter’s Basilica. There is also a full-size image of the Immaculate Conception, the work of Enzo Assenza.
The original place of worship started life as an ordinary church set up by Padre Juan de Vivero, who came to the islands in 1566. The intention was to establish Christianity as the official faith of the newly colonized Philippine islands. Later Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, the conquistador of the city, placed the church under the recognition of the Santa Potenciana. Visitors to the Philippine capital should make it a point to visit this magnificent cathedral, which will fascinate all visitors irrespective of faith or preferences. Discerning travellers seeking a quality Manila hotel will be pleased by The Heritage Hotel Manila. This fine hotel in Manila offers comfortable accommodation and a fine selection of quality amenities.