This beautiful historical church is located inside the famous city wall of Intramuros in Manila, the Philippines. It’s almost a half-century old building which now is used as a church and also a museum, making it also the oldest church in the whole Philippines. This place is also listed on the UNESCO world heritage site. I would recommend to book your tickets in advance as the place can be quite crowded during certain season. I was so lucky it was so empty at the time I visited! It’s pretty easy to access this place if you come from the city center, you can either take public transport like buses or metro, or just hire the Grab taxi which is very affordable too!
St. Augustine's Church, the Vatican in the East
The Philippines is dotted with numerous Catholic churches, known as the Vatican in the East. In the capital, Manila, the heart of the city where the Spanish colonists lived, stood a church that had survived the earthquake, typhoon and war. It was 400 years old and was listed by the UNESCO in 1993. Heritage List of St. Augustine.
St. Augustine Church is characterized by reliefs on the stones, meticulously realistic. There are paintings on the ceiling and walls inside the church, with the image of Augustine and Jesus in the middle. The most tropical features are the branch lights and bright sunshine that illuminate the stained glass for a long time.
With the first cruise to Manila, it is better to visit the historical customs to see the local customs.
The first stop is Rizal Plaza. The center of the park is erected with the bronze statue of Jose Rizal, the hero of the Philippine independence movement. It is the largest city park in Manila, and the first day of the new year is naturally full of people. The locals are all taking a small family to take a trip, take a cushion and sit in the park to sit on the ground, or have a picnic or play, and have fun.
Wangcheng is the essence of Manila, and it carries almost all the history of the city, but it is a Spanish-style building built and preserved by the Spanish.
San Augstin Church is the only reason I chose this route. After all, the rest of the city is rebuilt. Only this magical church has survived earthquakes, fires and wars. Built in 1607, the Baroque Roman Catholic Church, the oldest stone church in the Philippines, was listed in the World Cultural Heritage List in 1993.
The most amazing part of the trip is the Casa Manila Museum opposite the church. Rather than being a museum, it is better to say that it is a reservation to the lifestyle at the time. It used to be a small community where the Spaniards lived. It opened a heavy wooden door. In front of it was an extremely small courtyard. The stone-built buildings seemed to retain those old times. The vines that climbed the wall were dotted with long The years have finally made me find a hint of inner peace from the crowdedness of Manila.
St.Agustin Church is a Catholic church. It was built in 1571. The earliest building was built of bamboo, coconut leaves and earth. In 1574, the invaded pirates burned to ashes. After the reconstruction and destruction of the fire, the Spanish colonial authorities had to decide to rebuild the St. Augustine Church with stone. In 1599, when the church started, there was a problem immediately. The locals only used coconuts and bamboo to make buildings. There was no way to repair such a stone building. At that time, the Philippines was an important transit point for Chinese people to move to Nanyang. Many Chinese would stay in the Philippines, so the Spaniards hired a large number of Chinese workers to repair the church.
Founded in 1571, St. Augustine Church is an ancient stone church in the Philippines and is listed as a World Heritage Site as a representative of the Baroque Church. The church is located in the city of the city and is a symbol of the history of the Philippines. The early church was built with bamboo, coconut leaves and mud, and was destroyed by fire. It was rebuilt in 1599 and changed into stone building. The reliefs in the church are meticulously realistic, with precious religious paintings; the stained glass refracts the sun and sets off the nobleness of the church. The choir on the top of the church overlooks the church.