Hundreds of years of Spanish colonial rule and deep incorporation of the Catholic religion has made the Philippines a treasure trove of old churches. Every city, town, or village has at least one chapel or church and some are even home to the most beautiful Catholic churches that you can see anywhere in the world.
Among the typical features of old churches, the paintings on the ceilings are usually not noticeable at first. Since very few people immediately look up upon entering a church, it is always an amazing discovery when you finally glance upwards only to discover a very beautiful, intricately designed ceiling. Below are some of the churches in the Manila that are known to have beautiful ceilings.
- San Agustin Church. The San Agustin Church is one of the oldest churches in the Philippines and is included among the four churches collectively known as Baroque Churches of the Philippines. Its painted ceiling has a very intricate and ornate l’oeil mural which extends down to the walls. It is no wonder that San Agustin Church is one of the most popular wedding churches in the Philippines as the bridal march often looks very majestic with the intricately designed ceiling.
- Binondo Church. The ceilings of Binondo Church, also officially known as Minor Basilica of Saint Lorenzo Ruiz of Manila, does not have just any design painted on it. The ceilings have huge paintings of each mystery of the Holy Rosary, making them eye-catching and functional.
- Guadalupe Church. The Nuestra Señora de Gracia church in Makati City is one of the popular wedding churches in the Philippines. Although it does not have impressive painted ceilings, what it has are beautiful domed panels that help bring more texture to the ceiling.
- Paco Chapel. The ceiling of St. Pancratius chapel in Paco Park, Manila has a different appeal than other churches. Its beautry can be admired not while inside the chapel but from outside. The egg-shaped domed ceiling makes the chapel look charming from outside.
- San Beda Church. Also officially called the Our Lady of Montserrat Abbey, this unassuming chapel proves that even small school chapels can be adorned with beautiful ceilings. The eyes of people going inside this chapel will naturally be drawn up by the strikingly beautiful painting of the Apotheosis of the Most Holy Name of Jesus. The ceilings and even the walls of the altar area are marvelous with the gold paint and neo-Gothic details applied on the paintings.