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Manila: Malate Church

Located in Malate, Manila, Malate Church is one of the remaining Spanish -era churches found in the capital of the Philippines. The church also houses the miraculous image of Nuestra Senora de los Remedios.
Malate Church
The church was constructed under supervision of the Augustinians sometime in 1588. It was destroyed in 1661 upon orders of Governor-general Sabiniano Manrique de Lara over fears that the Chinese pirates led by Li Ma Hong might be tempted to plunder the church and the community near it.
Church facade
Is that a statue of an angel or Mother Mary? What do you think?
The church was later rebuilt in 1677 and was finished in 1679. The church was then occupied and used by the invading British forces as headquarters in 1762.
Church interior
NHI Marker 1
NHI Marker 2
Church altar
The church was destroyed again, this time by The Great Earthquake of 1863 which destroyed most structures in Manila. The church was rebuilt again a year after.
Be careful when crossing the street.

To date, Malate Church has undergone several restorations due to its evident deterioration. It could be clearly seen in its facade wherein several of its designs have been visibly deteriorating. The facade of the church is a mix of Muslim and Baroque architectural design. Just a bit of a trivia for you guys, if you try looking at the church via satellite imaging you'd be surprised that it is shaped like a giant bluish cross in the middle of a crowded city.

Getting there:

If you're already in Manila, a taxi ride would bring you directly (and quickly) to the church. However if you prefer a cheaper mode of transportation you could board a jeepney plying the Mabini Route. You wouldn't miss out the church. It's just beside the road.

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