This Free Tour Lets You See the Beauty of the Manila Cathedral Up Close
Experience the church in its full glory.
(SPOT.ph) Manila Cathedral (a.k.a. Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Manila Metropolitan Cathedral), which is located within the historic walled city of Intramuros, is well known for its imposing façade and intricately designed interiors. It was officially established in 1571, and the cathedral that we see today is the eighth structure erected in 1958. The narration of this history, as well as discussion of the church’s stunning architecture and design, is part of the upcoming Manila Cathedral Open House on June 12, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Free guided tours are at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
The public will be given free access to many parts of the structure, including the cathedral crypt, choir loft, and cathedral roof deck. You can also check out the choir loft, where you can find the Philippines' largest pipe organ built in 1958 by the Flemish company Pels & Sohn. Take amazing shots of the cast-bronze central door, the principal altar's frontispiece designed by German artist Toni Fiedler, the gilded bronze image of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception crafted by Italian artist Enzo Assenza, and marble columns and stone art by designer Jose F. Pablo. The half-orange dome with eight pairs of stained glass windows by artist Galo Ocampo is also a sight to behold.
This event is in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the post-war Manila Cathedral.
The Manila Cathedral Open House is on June 12, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. For updates, follow Manila Cathedral-Basilica of the Immaculate Conception on Facebook.