Manila is the capital city of the Philippines and gives off a very easy-going, relaxed vibe and has many interesting spots that one can discover. Highly populated, there is something special about this city that brings people pouring in and at the heart of all this chaos, the magnificent San Agustin Church and Museum stands proud.
Located in Fort Santiago, step into the San Agustin Museum and be bewildered just by the sheer scale of it- the huge space is filled with interesting artefacts and many untold stories. Depicting the rich heritage of Manila, the museum is compiled of paintings, musical instruments, handicrafts, age-old books and maps, statues and also a miniature replica of the San Agustin Church grounds. These artefacts are a compilation from the Philippines, Spain, Mexico and other historical sites. Encompassing a spacious courtyard, visitors can take up tour guides who will present valuable meaning to all the preserved treasures. As you enter the premises a massive bell, weighing approximately 3400kg, greets you which was taken down from the belfry when destroyed during an earthquake. Keep walking and suddenly it feels like you begin to discover this ancient collection of paintings, potteries, diagrams, furniture each with its own story waiting to be heard. The Sala Profundis (found on the ground floor along with Sacristy and Sala De La Capitulacion) displays the dining area of priests decades ago that depicts an Aztec-designed ceiling. The Crypt however, brings about gasps and intakes of breath as it holds the tombs and gravestones of priests and archbishops. One will also find Miguel Lopez de Legazpi’s tomb, the visionary who established the initial government of Manila and conceived it as the capital of the Philippines. His preserved sarcophagus can be awed upon as you drink in the wealth of traditional knowledge. Climb the Baroque style staircase that leads you to the second floor which holds the Porcelain Room, Choir Loft, San Pablo Hall and much more.
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