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San Sebastian Church
Manila Top 6 in Important Religious Institution

31 Reviews
Liked by 3
Recommended Sightseeing Time: 1 hour
Address: Pasaje del Carmen St, Quiapo, Manila, 1001 Metro Manila, Philippines
Phone: +63-2-7085122

What people are saying:

It’s, so far, one of the best and most eye-catching churches I’ve seen in the Philippines. As I stepped inside the church, I was mesmerized by its all-steel structure, religious paintings and dramatic features. As far as I know, it was declared as a National Cultural Treasure in 2011 and a National Historical Landmark in 1973. A word of advice, get a guided tour to get a deeper insight into the history and architecture of this picture-perfect church.

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  • RaringtoGo8

    Beautiful Gothic Church

    I love this church. Its spires tower above nearby buidlings and call you in. Inside it's cool and quiet for prayer and contemplation.

    Reviewed on /Date(1590401000000+0800)/
  • efrenr916
    Taguig City, Philippines

    The only Steel made Church in the Philippines

    Uniquely the only architecture thats different from all other historic churches in the Philippines. While inside is a typical church interior, the building cladded with steel makes it a whole lot diff...

    Reviewed on /Date(1575978077000+0800)/
  • AinsT200

    Most beautiful church in Manila

    More so than the other well known churches in Intramuros, the San Sebastián church is spectacular. Must-go when in Manila.

    Reviewed on /Date(1564247850000+0800)/
  • falejan

    Gothic steel

    How can a Gothic church be made of steel? San Sebastian Church looks entirely modern from the outside - we even espied some rust in parts easily visible to the naked eye. And it's said that this churc...

    Reviewed on /Date(1561417430000+0800)/
  • Judith B
    Judith B

    My dream wedding in a dream church

    It was the perfect church for my dream wedding! When the wedding photos came out, a lot of people thought I got married in Europe. The interiors are indeed amazing. The mass was very solemn against th...

    Reviewed on /Date(1557323276000+0800)/

Additional Information


 A grand Cathedral devoted to San Sebastian located in Manila was build in 1921 by a rich and religious patron who donated both the land and money. However, thirty years later the church was destroyed by fire during a Chinese uprising. It was rebuild but destroyed by an earthquake or fire again and a few times after that. In the end in 1891 after loosing four churches over 250 years the church leaders decided to put an end to the destruction and they developed a Cathedral entirely out of pre-fab steel which is the first and only building to be constructed with this material in Asia to this day. More than a century later and the church hasn't experience not even a dent to its structure. The beauty of this church comes alive from its faulted ceilings, glimmering stained-glass and Gothic spires which inspire wedding planners to bring their clients towards to this gorgeous and strong church.
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