Site of the San Francisco Church | Things to do in City of Manila-Metro Manila

San Francisco church was the mother church of the Franciscans. It was built in 1578 out of Nipa and bamboo. Fire engulfed the church but soon, a new stone church was built in 1645. It suffered an ill fate as a mighty earthquake shook the church to the ground. A third church was made in 1738 but then got caught between the war. The San Francisco Church was famous for its altar-like facade, a heavily decorated baroque-style retablo with corinthian columns and sprawling windows with heavy doors. It was once considered to be one of the best churches in Intramuros. Sadly, after the third reconstructed church succumbed to the war, it remained in the rubble with its war-torn facade. Today, the Mapua University stands in its site.
Address: Intramuros, City of Manila, Metro Manila
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Nearby attractions

Mapua University
0.07 km away

Mapua University was founded in 1925 and is currently sitting on the original site of San Francisco Church, the mother church on the Franciscans built in 1578. The university was founded by Don Tomas Mapua, the first registered architect of the Philippines and a graduate of the Cornell University of the United States. Today, Mapua University is considered to be one of the top-performing engineering and architecture universities in the Philippines.

Lyceum of the Philippines University
0.08 km away

Founded in 1952 by former president Jose P. Laurel, Lyceum of the Philippines University is still the only school in the Philippines to be founded by a president. Lyceum of the Philippines was the former site of San Juan de Dios Hospital. The hospital was built in 1578by Franciscan lay brother Juan Clemente for the people affected by leprosy.Soon enough, it was decreed for the hospital to open its gates for people from all walks of life, especially for the poor people, thus earning the name “Hospitals of the Indios”. Up until the American occupation, the hospital continued to serve its purpose, until it fell in ruins in the 1945 war. 

Puerta del Parian and Revellin del Parian
0.11 km away

One of the oldest gates of Intramuros and named after Parian de Arroceros across the city where Chinese merchants lived. Puerta del Parian was one of the seven original gates of Intramuros, built in 1593. Later in 1764, it became the official entrance of the Governor-General to Intramuros, after Puerto Real crumbled during the British Invasion. The Revellin was built in 1603 after a Chinese uprising. In 1739, added chambers were built and the Puerta was fortified to house military soldiers and supplies.It succumbed to the 1945 Battle of Manila and was restored in 1982.

Things to do nearby

Destileria Limtuaco Museum
Museums and galleries
0.16 km away

Destileria Limtuaco, the oldest distillery in the Philippines, celebrates its 166th year with the opening of The Destileria Limtuaco Museum. Now open to the public, the museum showcases the company's fascinating legacy. The Limtuaco Legacy, straddles three centuries and three colonial eras, preserved in a quaint stone building in historical Intramuros. You are cordially invited to visit Destileria Limtuaco Museum and see this rare and unique showcase of Philippine history for yourself. Groups, student field trips, and tourist day trips are welcome.

White Knight Electric Chariot Intramuros Day Tour

  • Ride from one historical monument to another on the Electric Chariot with your knowledgeable tour guide for 1-hour.
  • See the Manila Cathedral, Fort Santiago, San Agustin Church, and other old Manila highlights!
  • Enjoy the experience of a lifetime in this unique Old Manila tour with your friends or family!

Dinner and Cultural Show at Barbara's
Dining experience
0.40 km away

Barbara de los Reyes was brought up with a taste for elegance and good food. Her family pioneered the fine dining and catering industry in Olongapo City. She brought this fondness for gourmet cuisine to Manila in the early 1970s. Starting out as a small cafe in Malate, the business soon expanded its operations to catering as well as canteen management. Today, Barbara's is located at the Plaza San Luis complex in Intramuros, Manila. The restaurant's main entrees celebrate traditional Filipino and Spanish recipes but house specialties also include other European-inspired dishes. Barbara's cater to people who enjoy good food served in a grand manner.

Where to stay

The Bayleaf Intramuros
Hotels and homes
0.14 km away

The Bayleaf Intramuros is a boutique hotel in Manila, Philippines that promises contemporary luxuries and conveniences. Set within the walls of the oldest district and historic core of Manila, this iconic landmark in the metro offers a high-class city abode for any traveler. It presents 57 guestrooms that blend style and comfort to encourage relaxation. Each one has five-star beddings, a 32-inch LCD TV, Wi-Fi Internet, and spacious bath with rain shower. The hotel also affords ace facilities for leisure and business. This includes a ballroom, 5 meeting rooms, and 4 dining venues.

White Knight Hotel Intramuros

White Knight Hotel Intramuros located within the Plaza San Luis Complex of Intramuros Manila. It is nearby the historic Manila Cathedral with its detailed stone carvings and stained glass mosaics, the century old famous wedding area of San Agustin Church, the outdoor recreational area of Rizal Park boasting an 18-hole golf area, the showcase of golden artifacts at San Agustin Museum and the site of torture chambers and dungeons of Fort Santiago.

White Knight Hotel Intramuros has a total of 29 rooms. The hotel offers you attractive and comfortable rooms which include 4 types mainly the Deluxe, Standard, Suite and Executive Rooms. All rooms have private bathrooms, personal wardrobe, desk, telephone and free WIFI internet access. In addition, rooms come with all the modern equipments to bring the convenience and safety for guests, such as flat screen TV sets, air conditioners, menu tour, refrigerators and the other necessaries

Citystate Hotel Palanca
Hotels and homes
0.84 km away

Set in a prime location of Manila, Citystate Hotel Palanca puts everything the city has to offer just outside your doorstep. The property features a wide range of facilities to make your stay a pleasant experience. Service-minded staff will welcome and guide you at the Citystate Hotel Palanca. Some of the well-appointed guestrooms feature internet access - wireless, internet access - wireless (complimentary), non smoking rooms, air conditioning, television. The hotel offers various recreational opportunities. No matter what your reasons are for visiting Manila, Citystate Hotel Palanca will make you feel instantly at home.

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