The Church was one of four Philippine churches constructed during the Spanish collonial period. It has been declared by UNESCO as World Heritage Site in 1993. The church has a great baroque style edifice.
In 1587 the impermanent earliest building in wood and palm fronds was replaced by a church and monastery in stone, the latter becoming the Augustinian mother house in the Philippines. As a result the church was richly endowed, with a fine retablo, pulpit, wall paintings, lectern, and choir-stalls. It was the only structure in Intramuros to survive the liberation of Manila in 1945.
The land of the building had been donated by Miguel Lopez de Legaspi, the founder of Manila who had held the expedition to the Philippines from Mexico in 1565.
An 18th-century pipe organ is located on the upper level of the church.
The Ceiling is a magnificent piece of art. (above photo)
Below is the statue of the blessed virgin mary on the right wing of the church.
A few historic and major business leaders are buried inside the crypts and walls of the church. It also contains the tomb of Spanish conquistadors Miguel López de Legazpi, Juan de Salcedo and Martín de Goiti, as well as several early Spanish Governors-General and archbishops. Their bones are buried in a communal vault near the main altar.
These are wooden chairs carved to perfection!
I’m not good in describing things especially if it pertains to the interior of a church. The main door is carved, its like an expensive sculpture by itself. When I went inside the church I experienced some goose bumps. The Baroque architecture and design really fascinated me, Neil and my family. The walls and the ceiling are mesmerizing. The ornate chandeliers and the long majestic aisle was breath-taking. The altar has the antique decorations and were so amazing in intricate designed. Everything inside was evident of the Spanish colonization.
I am so lucky to have seen a very historic church. I myself was awed with everything I saw. Neil was so amazed as well. I am so glad to have visited San Agustin Church during our holidays in the Philippines. I can’t be more proud.
I took the photos. I hope you like it.