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Intramuros, Manila, Philippines — National Capital Region
 

Manila Cathedral

Roman Catholic Cathedral of Manila

 
 
Manila Cathedral Marker image. Click for full size.
By I.G.V.Atajar, August 19, 2009
1. Manila Cathedral Marker
Inscription. First cathedral built in 1581. Damaged by a typhoon, 1582 and destroyed by fire, 1583. Second Cathedral built of stone in 1592 and partially destroyed by earthquake, 1600. Third Cathedral built in 1614 and destroyed by the earthquake of 1645. Fourth Cathedral magnificently built in 1654-1671 by Archbishop Miguel Poblete and destroyed by the earthquake of 3 June 1863. Fifth Cathedral built in 1870-1879 under architects Luciano Oliver, Vicente Serrano Salaverria and Educardo Lopez Navarro and solemnly blessed in December 1879. The center of the cross on the dome is a reference point of astronomical longitudes of the archipelago. Destroyed during the Battle of Manila in 1945. Sixth Cathedral reconstructed, 1954-1958, under the direction of Archbishop Rufino J. Santos of Manila mainly with the support of the people. Fernando Ocampo, architect.
 
Erected 1958 by Philippine Historical Committee.
 
Location. 14° 35.502′ N, 120° 58.403′ E. Marker is in Intramuros, Manila. Marker is on Sto. Tomas Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Intramuros, Manila 02 527, Philippines.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Plaza de Roma (within shouting distance of this marker);
Manila Cathedral image. Click for full size.
By I.G.V.Atajar, August 19, 2009
2. Manila Cathedral
Padre Jose A. Burgos (within shouting distance of this marker); Ayuntamiento (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Former Palace of the Governors General (about 90 meters away); Palacio Arzobispal (about 150 meters away); Colegio de Santa Rosa (about 150 meters away); Plaza Santo Tomas (about 180 meters away); Plazuela de Santa Isabel (about 180 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Intramuros.
 
Also see . . .  Official web site for the Manila Cathedral. (Submitted on December 9, 2009.)
 
Categories. Churches, Etc.Notable Buildings
 
Manila Cathedral Marker image. Click for full size.
By I.G.V.Atajar, January 1, 2003
3. Manila Cathedral Marker
The Manila Cathedral is the sixth structure to rise on this site. First church of nipa and bamboo built in 1581. Burned in 1583. Second church lasted until 1588 when it was blown by a typhoon. Third Cathedral of "three naves and seven chapels" started in 1584. Completed in 1614. Destroyed in 1645 earthquake. Fifth church built from 1872 to 1879. Destroyed in 1945 during the Battle of Manila. Sixth cathedral built from 1953 to 1958. Elevated to the rank of Basilica Minore by Pope John Paul II in 1981 and officially named Basilica of the Immaculate Conception.
5th Manila Cathedral image. Click for full size.
By I.G.V.Atajar, January 1, 2003
4. 5th Manila Cathedral
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 5, 2009, by I.G.V.Atajar of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 1,528 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 5, 2009, by I.G.V.Atajar of San Jose, California. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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