Camarines Sur: Naga Metropolitan Cathedral

Located in Naga City in the province Camarines Sur, Naga Metropolitan Cathedral is one of the numerous religious establishments in the Pilgrimage City of Naga.

Naga Metropolitan Cathedral is also known as Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist or informally as Naga Cathedral. The cathedral was constructed in 1575 but was finished four years later in 1579. It has a Spanish-Romanesque style. It has a high arch entrance with two symmetrical belfries on both sides. The side walls on the other hand are supported by four massive flying buttresses to counter the effects of earthquakes. 
The rotonda in front of the Cathedral
Check out those beautiful stained glass ceiling of the rotunda 

The Porta Mariae in front of the cathedral
the Holy Rosary Minor Seminary found beside the cathedral
However, despite all these preventive measures, the cathedral sustained heavy damages in 1856 due to a strong typhoon. It was also heavily damaged during the 1887 earthquake. The cathedral was repaired in 1890 and was restored under the supervision of Fr. San Andres in 1987.
The seal above the cathedral door 

cathedral facade

The enormous cathedral doors
The seal of the cathedral found near its entrance
cathedral interior
The beautiful retabolo

The paintings above the altar
one of the side retabolo
One of the stained glasses
I came to visit Naga Metropolitan Cathedral during our Bicol Road Trip. On the first leg of our trip we stayed in Nagaland Hotel which is just a few meters away from the cathedral. To be honest it was not the facade that caught my attention. It was the Porta Mariae that struck me. It reminded me of the Arc de Triomphe de l'Etoile in France.

Getting there:

From Manila, ride a bus heading to Naga City. From there ride a tricycle going to the cathedral.

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  1. The cathedral is great!
    Similar to the famous cathedrals in Europe, but this is the mini version.
    The mural art and stained glass i really beautiful.

    But the interesting one is:
    There's a structure above The Porta Mariae which resemblance to the all-seeing eye.

    _"It's not just about the destination, but the journey"_

    1. Thank you so much for your nice comment!

      Great blog by the way! More power!


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