Binondo Church | Things to do in City of Manila-Metro Manila

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Binondo Church, or the Minor Basilica of St. Lorenzo Ruiz, is one of the many baroque Spanish churches that peppered the country during the 16th century. It was named after the first Filipino saint, San Lorenzo Ruiz, who was himself a sacristan in the church during his younger days. Since its establishment in 1596, Binondo Church was struck by an earthquake in 1863, and was bombed twice by Englishmen in 1762 and by Americans during the World War II. It was renovated several times, most recently in 2004, when the church was restored through the assistance of the Doña Salustiana Dee Foundation. While its architecture is Spanish, the octagonal shape of its tower was influenced by the Chinese during one of the church's renovations. Holy Mass here alternates between Tagalog and English. 
Open: Open Every Day
Address: Plaza San Lorenzo Ruiz, Quintin Paredes Street (previously Rosario Street) cor. Ongpin Street, Binondo, City of Manila, Metro Manila
Fee: Free
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Nearby attractions

Escolta Museum
0.53 km away

Escolta Museum is a time machine to the old and elegant Manila. The museum has three small sections. The center section, or the entranceway, displays old photographs of Manila. The left wing displays vintage collections of sophisticated colored bottles from 1910 to 1960, and vintage print advertisements featuring ads on films, carnivals, appliances, and Filipiniana music. Meanwhile, the right wing displays old newspapers, journals, and reviews from the late 18th century to the early 19th century. These materials are printed in either Old Tagalog, Spanish, or English.

Sta Cruz Church
0.67 km away

The Jesuit missionaries built the Sta. Cruz Church in 1608. It was strategically located in the outskirts of Chinatown near Binondo to cater to the Chinese converts in Manila. The initial structure of Sta. Cruz Church had been partially damaged by two earthquakes and was completely devastated by the Battle of Manila in 1945 during the Japanese occupation. The current structure of the church was erected in 1957 and bears the characteristics of Spanish Baroque architecture. Nestled on top of the facade of the church is the image of Nuestra Señora del Pilar, the church's patroness. The side chapel has an image of La Pieta, a sculpture of the dead body of Jesus Christ being cradled by His mother, Mary. Another interesting feature of the church is the wooden cross found at the center of the crypt that contains carvings depicting the Way of the Cross.

Fort Santiago in Intramuros
0.81 km away

Fort Santiago was the governmental seat of power in Intramuros during the Spanish period. Hence, the most important details of history are etched in its structures—its dungeons, death chambers, prison cells, and Spanish offices. The highlight of the Fort Santiago, however, is the intellectual giant and martyr, Dr. Jose Rizal, whose novels and public execution sparked a revolution and ended the 333 years of Spanish regime. Rizal belonged to the Ilustrado, a group of freethinking Filipinos who studied in Europe and were exposed to Western ideas. Seeing the Philippines in the clutch of Spain in the late 1800s, Rizal wrote and self-published two definitive novels, the Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo, exposing the corruption of Spain over the native Filipinos. More than learning about Intramuros, the Fort Santiago, and Dr. Jose Rizal, visiting this place is a journey towards unlocking the gifts of freedom.

Things to do nearby

Binondo Food Tour by Don't Skip Manila
Guided food tour
0.13 km away

Put aside 4 hours for a non-stop culinary treat as we eat our way around intimate alleys of Binondo! We'll walk around the streets of Binondo as we take in the rich Tsinoy history, chomp down authentic Chinese foods and gorge on specialty treats as we nibble our way through the heart of Chinatown. Definitely a wok for your stomach and the soul!

Destileria Limtuaco Museum
Museums and galleries
0.92 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.

Explore Intramuros with Bambike
Biking and hiking
1.17 km away

Cycle around historic walled city of Manila on a bamboo bike with Bambike Ecotours! The 2.5 hour guided bike tour goes through 8 to 10 major historical and cultural sites inside Intramuros. The tour is done in small intimate groups of around 5 to 10 people (with a maximum of 15 people). Choose from a wide variety of Bambike designs which include our signature Ligtasin Cove beach cruiser and Victoria city. Enjoy other Bambike designs as each Bambike is unique!

Where to stay

Citystate Hotel Palanca
Hotels and homes
0.80 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.

Vista Hotel Recto
Hotels and homes
0.87 km away

Located along Claro M. Recto Avenue in Santa Cruz, Vista Hotel Recto welcomes you to its minimalist interiors that provide a hint of subtle elegance to your experience. You will be greeted by its friendly staff that will assist you with the services they offer like wake-up calls and cleaning services. The accommodation is just within walking distance of the LRT Doroteo Jose Station, but it also offers shuttle services so you can get around the city easier. For guests who opt to bring their own vehicles, there are secure parking spaces onsite. The hotel is also just a short jeep ride to Divisoria where bargain finds are dime-a-dozen

Whether you are in Manila for business or leisure, Vista Hotel Recto promises you a good night's sleep with its array of cozy rooms that are well-appointed with modern amenities. Each room is fully air conditioned and features a TV and WiFi internet. The private toilets and baths come with hot and cold shower and bidet. There are also towels and toiletries provided. 

Vista Hotel Recto offers room services so you can enjoy delicious meals without having to step out of your room. It also has complimentary WiFi in the public areas so you can stay connected.

The city of Manila features varied attractions that will tickle the fancy of all kinds of travelers. History buffs will delight in the city's abundance of historic sites, including Rizal Park and the walled city of Intramuros. Shopaholics can head to Divisoria, Quiapo or Binondo to score some cheap but quality items. Nature lovers, on the other hand,  will surely love the scenic sunset at Manila Bay.

Citystate Hotel Quiapo
Hotels and homes
0.89 km away

Citystate Hotel Quiapo is conveniently located in the popular Quiapo area. Featuring a complete list of amenities, guests will find their stay at the property a comfortable one. 24-hour room service, Wi-Fi in public areas, valet parking, room service, restaurant are just some of the facilities on offer. Each guestroom is elegantly furnished and equipped with handy amenities. The hotel offers various recreational opportunities. No matter what your reasons are for visiting Manila, Citystate Hotel Quiapo will make you feel instantly at home.

Getting there and around

Plaza San Lorenzo Ruiz, Quintin Paredes Street (previously Rosario Street) cor. Ongpin Street, Binondo, City of Manila, Metro Manila

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