Manila is a beautiful historical city with numerous evidences left by Spanish colonial rule all over the city. One of the biggest Spanish influences is the Catholic religion and it is very evident in the number of old beautiful churches that you can find all over Manila. These churches have been witness to numerous wars, political upheavals, and natural calamities such as storms and earthquakes. They have been and continue to be favorite venues for weddings, baptisms, and other religious occasions. Below are just some of the oldest and most popular churches in Manila.
- San Agustin Church. The oldest stone church in the Philippines and a UNESCO World Heritage site, the San Agustin Church inside the walls of Intramuros was built in the 15th century. It is one of the four churches in the Philippines that are collectively known as the Baroque Churches of the Philippines. The San Agustin Church, which has stood through the test of time and elements, is a favorite for weddings.
- Manila Cathedral. Also located inside the Intramuros walls, the Manila Cathedral is officially known as the Cathedral-Basilica of Immaculate Conception. It is the seat of the Archibishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila and has been rebuilt and restored several times. It is also a favorite for weddings.
- Guadalupe Church. Also known as the Nuestra Señora de Gracia Parish, this old church in Guadalupe has survived numerous earthquakes that devastated surrounding areas. The church has withstood many challenges including a fire and served as an orphan asylum during a cholera pandemic. Its beautiful façade has been used by numerous photographers as background for many newlywed pictures.
- Binondo Church. Officially known as the Minor Basilica of San Lorenzo Ruiz and built in the 16th century, the Binondo Church got its name from San Lorenzo Ruiz, the first Filipino saint and a resident of Binondo. It is right smack in the middle of Binondo which is a predominantly Chinese community.
- Malate Church. Also built in the 16th century, the Malate church is formally known as the Our Lady of Remedies Parish. Because of its beautiful façade and picturesque location right next to Rajah Sulayman Park and Manila Bay, the Malate church is also a popularly used for weddings. Just like most old churches in the Philippines, this church has been destroyed and damaged in the past but has been rebuilt and restored to its present condition.