As a multi-ethnic archipelagic country, the Philippines was once a colonial country of Spain and the United States. After its independence on July 4, 1946, the Philippines still retains a large number of Western cultural heritage, whether it is a tangible architectural civilization or an intangible religious heritage. The Simara Temple in Cebu (also known as the Cathedral of the Himalayas) is the largest and most spectacular church in the area. Its architectural style is entirely European, making it seem as though you have stepped into Europe itself. The entire church is quite large. The castle is strangely shaped outside, but the interior is full of colours. Due to the influence of Western culture, the Temple of Simara also has colourful windows.