San Sebastian Church | Things to do in City of Manila-Metro Manila

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San Sebastian Church is the only neo-Gothic church in Asia made entirely of prefabricated steel. The steel structure was crafted in Belgium and was transported in eight different shipments to the Philippines. In 1891, the church was assembled and completed, its steel frame filled with mixed sand, gravel, and cement. Inside, the church is elaborate with stained glass windows depicting the passion of the Christ. The church's pointed arches and washed out paintings of nuns, angels, and saints evoke feelings of terror and fright. Quirky to its design, however, is its altar, which is made of seashells.
Open: N/A
Address: Plaza Del Carmen, Quiapo, City of Manila, Metro Manila
Fee: Free
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Nearby attractions

Bahay Nakpil-Bautista
Attraction
0.51 km away

Bahay Nakpil-Bautista is a heritage house that nurtured revolutionary minds in the early 19th century. The heritage house was built and designed in 1914 by Arcadio Arellano, a pioneering Filipino architect at that time. Combining both wood and stone materials in a design called bahay na bato, the house structure follows a traditional urban style in the 19th century. Meanwhile, the intricate designs inside were inspired by the geometric floral patterns of the art nouveau movement called Vienna Secession. Its rooms serve as galleries, housing memorabilias of the heroes and revolutionaries that once lived there. It’s notable galleries are the Juan Nakpil Gallery, dedicated to the National Artist in Architecture; the Ariston Bautista Gallery, named after the doctor who owned the house; and the Oriang Gallery, after the wife of the revolutionary leader Andres Bonifacio.

Quiapo Church
Attraction
0.60 km away

Quiapo Church is home to the biggest procession in the Philippines, that of the Black Nazarene. The Black Nazarene is a dark wooden sculpture of Jesus Christ carrying the cross, and is believed to be miraculous by many Filipino Catholics. While the church itself is more than 400 years old, Quiapo Church looks modern since its renovation and expansion in 1984. The church's other features are the wood carvings on the walls depicting the Way of the Cross. This was designed by the award-winning sculptor Eduardo Castrillo in 1992. The church was originally built of bamboo and nipa palm in 1586 by Franciscan Missionaries. It was destroyed thrice: it was burnt down in 1639, was damaged by an earthquake in 1863, and was burnt down again in 1928.

Manila Golden Mosque and Cultural Center
Attraction
0.61 km away

Also known as Masjid Al-Dahab, the Manila Golden Mosque and Cultural Center is the largest mosque in Metro Manila. Its name comes from its gold-painted dome, topped with a crescent moon, a symbol of the Islamic faith. The mosque is faithful to Islamic architecture—its elaborate mosaics, pointed arches, and multi-columned interior design. Unlike the typical Christian church, it doesn't have benches and pews. Instead, it only has spaces to capture the simplicity of worship: by either standing, prostrating, kneeling, bowing, or sitting. Non-Muslim visitors who wish to enter the mosque are advised to adapt to Islamic customs of worship. You'll find a washroom at the left of the mosque, where you'd have to wash your face, neck, hands, arms, and feet. Afterwhich you may enter the mosque, leaving your shoes outside.

Things to do nearby

Quiapo Market Tour by Don't Skip Manila
₱1200.00

  • Revisit Quiapo being the old downtown of Manila. 
  • Discover this colorful and vibrant district that is usually misunderstood. Quiapo is the melting pot of different religions, cultures, and people. 
  • Uncover the mystical, exotic, exciting and spiritual Quiapo. 

Destileria Limtuaco Museum
₱89.00
Experience
Museums and galleries
1.54 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.

Binondo Food Tour by Don't Skip Manila
₱1500.00
Experience
Guided food tour
1.58 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!


Where to stay

Hotel 99 Quiapo
₱1214.00
Hotels and homes
0.58 km away

Safety, convenience and comfort – these are just but some of the service potentials is devoted to encapsulate as a true one-of-a-kind hotel experience in its class.Hotel 99 branches are situated in significant areas of Metro Manila that are within easy reach to available transportation such as the LRT and MRT. Hotel guests are being cheerfully greeted and accommodated by our friendly, highly trained staff.Our cozy, fully air-conditioned front office provides sufficient seating, cable TV, computer kiosks, and snacks and refreshments – a perfect place to receive guests and visitors. Wifi access is standard for easy access to the internet anywhere in the hotel. Not only one but two elevators provide faster access to and from the hotel floors. Exciting medley of rooms are available that suit every guests’ preferences and budget.

Quiapo is a district of Manila, Philippines. Quiapo gets it name from a floating plant named; "Kiapo" that grew abundantly around that area. shared its status as the center of the activities of Manila's social elites as well as trade, fashion, art and higher learning with its surrounding vicinity. Hotel 99 is the best place you can be amidst the busy city experience. Welcome to Hotel 99 Quiapo situated at 361 Bautista corner, Hidalgo Street, Quiapo, Manila. Be embraced by our warm and welcoming greetings as soon as you make your first step in our doors. You will then be gracefully escorted to one of our all new 82 themed and well-kept rooms. May it be for business, pleasure or travel, you can count on us to provide you value-for-money accommodation coupled with an exceptional experience and the unique hospitality we are known for.

Citystate Hotel Quiapo
₱1550.00
Hotels and homes
0.75 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.

Citystate Hotel Palanca
₱1600.00
Hotels and homes
0.88 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.

Getting there and around

Plaza Del Carmen, Quiapo, City of Manila, Metro Manila

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