Manila Cathedral Tavel Guide
Manila Cathedral is a Roman Catholic basilica, located at Plaza de Roma in the Intramuros district of the City of Manila. Dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary as Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, the Principal Patroness of the Philippines. The cathedral serves as the see of the Archbishop of Manila, the de facto Primate of the Philippines. The cathedral was damaged and destroyed several times since the original structure was built in 1581. The main facade is a replica of the facade of the previous cathedral, along with statues of famous saints sculpted in Roman travertine stone. The facade of the cathedral bears a Latin inscription:We consecrate to your immaculate heart and entrust to you for safekeeping. Inside are a gilded altar, a 4500-pipe organ and rosette windows with beautiful stained glass. Friezes on its bronze door depict the string of tragic events that led to the cathedral’s destruction. The cathedral fronts Plaza de Roma, which was a bloody bullring until it was converted into a plaza.