7 Metro Manila Churches to Visit this Holy Week

Your guide to historical churches in the metro for Visita Iglesia

By Nigel Maranan
April 01, 2015

The Visita Iglesia is a tradition for Roman Catholics during Holy Week, especially Maundy Thursday. In order to complete the journey, one must visit seven churches in one day. If you are planning to go on a Visita Iglesia trip this week, you don’t have to go far as Metro Manila is already the ideal destination, thanks to its large number of historical churches and its convenient location. Read on and find out which churches to include on your list.

Manila Cathedral

AKA: The Manila Metropolitan Cathedral-Basilica
Location: Intramuros, Manila

Recently re-opened to the public, the Manila Cathedral serves as the seat of Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle. The church was founded in 1581 by Padre Juan de Vivero. It is an ideal starting point for your solemn Visita Iglesia as it is located in the heart of Manila, accessible through major roads and public transportation.

San Agustin Church
Location: Intramuros, Manila

Named after St. Augustine of Hippo, the San Agustin Church is the fifth church that was built in the country and is considered as one of the oldest stone church standing to date.  Located along General Luna Street in Intramuros, Manila, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as one of the Baroque churches of the Philippines.

Sta. Cruz Church
Location: Sta. Cruz, Manila

Rebuilt in 1957 after it was totally destroyed in World War II, the Santa Cruz Church has Spanish-style architecture, which is common among churches in Southern California. It is located at the Sta. Cruz Plaza, a stone’s throw away from Binondo and Quiapo.

UST Chapel
AKA:  Santisimo Rosario Chapel
Location: UST Grounds, Manila

Located within the grounds of the University of Santo Tomas, the UST Chapel is a popular church to visit for Visita Iglesia. The church serves as a venue for the different religious activities for the university as well as the traditional Misa de Apertura, the Mass of the Holy Spirit, which opens every school year.

Sto. Domingo Church
AKA: National Shrine of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary
Location: Quezon City

Inaugurated on October 12, 1954, the Sto. Domingo Church houses the 300-year-old image of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary. It is one of the biggest and tallest churches in the country with three different entrances as well as a bell tower.

Baclaran Church
AKA: Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Location: Paranaque City

Commonly known as Baclaran Church, the Church of Our Lady Perpetual Help is the largest church in the country due to its capacity of accommodating devotees. The church is also open 24 hours a day, seven days a week making it a good addition to your Visita Iglesia line-up.

EDSA Shrine
AKA: Shrine of Mary Queen of Peace
Location: EDSA corner Ortigas Avenue, Quezon City

The Shrine of Mary Queen of Peace, commonly known as the EDSA Shrine, is the perfect church to visit to end your day of church-hopping. The church was built in 1989 to commemorate the success of the People Power Revolution.

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