Minor Basilica of Immaculate Conception

Manila Cathedral

The Minor Basilica of Immacualate Conception, also known as the Manila Metropolitan Cathedral or Manila Cathedral. The first Cathedral of Manila was constructed by Fray Bishop Domingo de Salazar out of wood, bamboo, and nipa—materials which were used in all houses and other basic community services in the city. It was on December 21, 1581 that the parish church of Manila was raised formally into a cathedral. Since then, the Cathedral church was destroyed in 1583 by a fire which razed the city, in 1600 it was again destroyed by a strong earthquake that hit Manila, and another earthquake again in 1645 and another again in 1852, and but another again in 1863. And each time it was destroyed, it was rebuilt again. Trully this structure has withstood the test of time (and natural disaster i might add!)!

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At 2/08/2006 08:41:00 AM, Blogger Dean Harvey said...

I wonder if after 1645 they thought - shall we find a new place for our church?

At 2/08/2006 01:30:00 PM, Blogger Eric said...

That's funny Dean! Actually, I'm wondering if you have many earthquakes there?

At 2/09/2006 08:37:00 AM, Blogger Anne said...

Hi Dean...hehe that's funny, but you know Philippines is the Pacific Ring of fire where 90% of the world's earthquakes and 81% of the world's largest earthquakes occur. So that explains the earthquakes :)

You can see more on this at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_Ring_of_Fire


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