Manila Cathedral | Things to do in City of Manila-Metro Manila

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Dubbed as the Mother of all Churches and Cathedrals in the Philippines, Manila Metropolitan Cathedral-Basilica (simply called as Manila Cathedral) is a Neo-Romanesque structure located in the heart of the walled city of Intramuros. The church has served as a venue for papal masses in the country, and has long been the seat of the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Manila. 

Originally, the church was made out of bamboo and nipa in 1571. After over eight restorations over the past five centuries (most recently in 2012), the Manila Cathedral has transformed to the majestic architecture it is today. Inside are artworks mostly made by Italian artists such as the life-sized bronze statue of Immaculate Concepcion (the patron saint of the parish), made by the renowned sculptor Maestro Enzo Assenza, the largest pipe organ in the country is found inside, composing of 4,500 pipes, and it also houses eight chapels.

It is also the first cathedral in the Philippines and the only church in the country that was elevated in the rank of a Basilica through the Pope’s initiative or motu proprio. It was His Holiness, Pope John Paul II, that raised the dignity of the Cathedral into a Basilica just months after his visit to the Philippines in 1981.
Open: Open daily from 7:30 AM
Address: Cabildo St. corner Beaterio St, Intramuros, City of Manila, Metro Manila
Fee: Free
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Nearby attractions

Plaza Roma
Attraction
0.10 km away

Formerly called Plaza Mayor, Plaza Roma was once the venue for bullfights, dances, and celebrations back in the Spanish era. The Plaza was strategically made to be the center of the town of old Manila or the Intramuros.  It is converted into a park in 1797, and a bronze statue of King Carlos VI was erected in 1824 as a tribute for the introduction of the smallpox cure to the Philippines. It was renamed as Plaza Mckinley in the American period as an ode to President William Mckinley.The King Carlos statue was briefly replaced by a GomBurZa statue in the 1960s but the original statue of King Carlos was returned in 1981 up to present.

Palacio del Gobernador in Intramuros
Attraction
0.11 km away

Gobernador General Miguel Lopez de Legaspi originally planned for the seat of the governor-general to be on the west side of Plaza Roma. But the place reserved for the governor’s palace was not built until 1645. When the former palace built near Fort Santiago was swallowed by an earthquake. It soon became the office of the Governor-general and the supreme court. It was damaged by an earthquake in 1771. Later on, in 1835, a Spanish facade was added to the building but it was yet again rocked by an earthquake in 1863. It was the same earthquake that leveled Manila to the ground. Meanwhile, the then-current governor was housed in Colegio de Santa Potenciana. Palacio Del Gobernador was vacated once the office of the governor was relocated to the Malacañang Palace. Today, this massive complex houses different government offices as well as the Intramuros Administration.

Ayuntamiento de Manila in Intramuros
Attraction
0.12 km away

Nicknamed as the ‘Marble  Palace’, Ayuntamiento was once the seat of the high-ranking officials of Manila. It was the office of the City Alcalde or Mayor, the Judge and clerks. Inside the building are also government archives, and function halls like the salon de baile (ballroom) and the municipal board session hall.Like most places in Manila, the Ayuntamiento also suffered the wrath of earthquakes and wars several times, causing it to be rebuilt three times. However, it was still considered to be one of the most historic buildings in Intramuros, as it is the site of the First Philippine Assembly in 1907 and the Philippine Legislation in 1935. It was completely destroyed in the Battle of Manila’ in 1945 and was rebuilt again. Today, it houses the National Bureau of Treasury.

Things to do nearby

INTRAMUROS: THE WALLED CITY  (Cut-and-Build Your Own Model Fort)
₱495.00

  • Make your own miniature Intramuros while you learn about its story.
  • Build its heart, the Plaza Mayor, and its historic fortress, Fort Santiago.
  • Peer inside its houses and government buildings, imagine the people who walked its cobblestone streets and learn hands-on the amazing story behind its walls.

Befriend the Real Manila
₱1206.00
Experience
Walking tour
0.24 km away

From a unique community cooking experience to learning about social enterprise, these tours allow you to discover Metro Manila from another perspective.

Why visit a Gawad Kalinga Community?

Get a unique taste of Filipino Culture
Take a cooking class, visit the market, or take an impromptu language course.

It really is more fun in the Philippines
No one does fun like the Filipinos, and visiting a community is the best way to experience unique Filipino hospitality!

Authentic stories of inspiration
Hear first-hand the remarkable stories of resilience, hope, and solidarity which have brought transformation to over 2,500 Gawad Kalinga villages nationwide.

Explore Intramuros with Bambike
₱200.00
Experience
Biking and hiking
0.25 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

The Bayleaf Intramuros
₱3320.00
Hotels and homes
0.60 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.

The Manila Hotel
₱6874.00
Hotels and homes
0.96 km away

Overlooking the South Harbor, this iconic luxury hotel is an 11-minute walk from landscaped gardens in Rizal Park, and 2 km from both the National Museum of the Philippines and Fort Santiago.

Featuring marble bathrooms with TVs, tubs, and rainfall showerheads, the lavish rooms come with flat-screen TVs, minibars and tea and coffeemakers, as well as MP3 players and free Wi-Fi. Palatial suites add extra rooms, and 1 has a private lift and helipad access.


There are 4 swanky restaurants, including an opulent champagne room, along 3 bars, and a club lounge with butler service. There's also a pool, a spa and a fitness center.

Citystate Hotel Palanca
₱1600.00
Hotels and homes
1.13 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

Cabildo St. corner Beaterio St, Intramuros, City of Manila, Metro Manila

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