Revisiting the Manila Cathedral
One thing the Spaniards left behind in the Philippines is Catholicism. It was imposed in the Filipinos and churches were built everywhere. One remarkable church that has been built is the Manila Metropolitan Cathedral-Basilica. Better known as the Manila Cathedral, it is not only a most visited church but it has also become many women’s dream wedding place. It is located in Intramuros, Manila and is next to many other historical structures that are frequented by tourists.
Back to the time when Spaniards were still in the Philippines, the Manila Cathedral was a place where the archbishop, who gives orders for the entire country, was seated. The original structure was far from what it looked like now. Before it became a cathedral, it was a simple church made of very simple materials. During the war, it has been damaged and destroyed. It has been reconstructed many times. Its last reconstruction was done in 1981 and got its name, Basilica of the Immaculate Conception.Among the things that make this church a favorite tourist destination are the design and structure inside and outside.
The architectural design of the Manila Cathedral is quite modern but still with a touch of Roman and Spanish style. The cathedral has pillars, statues and some Latin inscriptions. Inside the church is an altar that has a ceiling and some carvings that have been made very uniquely. A pipe organ also sits on the choir loft that is located above the main entrance. It is one of the largest ever made and it makes wonderful liturgical music. The Manila Cathedral also has crypts where the remains of all former archbishops are laid. The concept is similar to the St. Peter’s Church in the Vatican. St. Peter’s Church also has crypts where former popes are laid to final rest.