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Camarines Sur: Naga Metropolitan Cathedral Revisited 2019

Located at Elias Angeles Street, Naga City in the province of Camarines Sur, Naga Metropolitan Cathedral is one of the historical Catholic churches found in what is dubbed as the Pilgrimage City of Naga. 
Naga Metropolitan Cathedral

Constructed in 1575 and finished four years later, Naga Metropolitan Cathedral, also called Metropolitan Cathedral of St. John served as a sanctuary and pilgrimage destination for generations of pilgrims. 
Porta Mariae

Naga Metropolitan Cathedral as seen from Porta Mariae
Naga Metropolitan Cathedral facade


The church sustained heavy damage in 1856 due to a strong typhoon and also from the earthquake of 1887. It was quickly repaired by the locals. Despite this time and Mother Nature still took its toll on the church particularly its facade. Finally, in 1987, Naga Metropolitan Cathedral underwent restoration works meant to bring back its glory. 
Stations of the Cross found outside the cathedral

One of the two historical markers of the church
NHI Marker

The golden seal of the cathedral


The Chapel of the Sacraments beside the cathedral

One of the Filipino saints as seen in front of the Museo del Seminario Conciliar de Nueva Caceres

Inside the cathedral

One of the water fonts

The first time that I got to visit Naga Metropolitan Cathedral was during our 2014 Bicol Road Trip. I finally got to revisit it this year (half a decade later). During my latest visit, it was observable that they had repainted the facade, however, I wasn't able to identify what they restored or changed in its interior. You might want to check out how it looked like five years ago by clicking this LINK.
Check out the beautifully decorated ceiling

Naga Metropolitan Cathedral main retablo

One of the side retablos

One of the side retablos

The ceiling decoration above the main altar

Church interior as seen from the altar.

What made my recent visit more memorable was the fact that I got to hear mass in the cathedral for the first time. However, sadly, Naga Metropolitan Cathedral was the only church that I got to revisit that day. Given the chance, I would surely love to revisit the three other historic churches that I've visited last time and hopefully attend mass there as well. 

Getting there:

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

Ratings:
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Overall rating

Comments

  1. What a beautiful cathedral! When we go back to the Philippines this will be high on my list.

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    1. That's amazing Holly. Would be looking forward to see pictures of your visit. =)

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  2. Wow, beautify architecture! I need to add this to my bucket list! So detailed and ornate!

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    1. That's true! Naga Metropolitan Cathedral is truly a place worth seeing. Gotta love its architecture.

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  3. Absolutely beautiful!!! I may have to put this in my bucket list!!

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    1. Please do. It's a perfect place to include in ones pilgrimage.

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  4. wow this is absolutely gorgeous! I would love to go here and visit!

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    1. Please do Ashli. You'd love the architectural design of Naga Metropolitan Cathedral.

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  5. What a grand looking chapel with so much to see and learn

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    1. True! I happen to visit this place twice already but it never gets old.

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  6. What a beautiful cathedral. I love visiting places like this.

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  7. The cathedral looks very beautiful. The interior looks like new, they have probably renovated it in the same time they did the facade.

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    1. I think so too. I'm just amazed that it looked so different from my first visit a few years back.

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  8. The cathedral looks fantastic and full of history.

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  9. What a beautiful spot! I would love to check this out sometime.

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    1. Yes, please do check out Naga Metropolitan Cathedral when you have a chance.

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  10. wow!! this cathedral so beautiful, enjoy viewing all the captures shared here
    Tthanks for sharing this & wishing I can visit it one day
    cheers
    siennylovesdrawing

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    1. Thanks so much Sienny! =) I hope you can visit someday.

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  11. So many things to love about this place! It's really beautiful out there. Truly a bucket list material.

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    1. I agree with you Mudplefridays. Naga Metropolitan Cathedral is probably one of the most beautiful churches in the Philippines.

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  12. Naga is one of the best places to visit in the Philippines. I can't wait to visit these places when I get back home soon. :)

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    1. True! Naga is also one of the best pilgrimage places in the country.

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  13. That looks like a pretty epic church! I'd love to head there and check it out!

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    1. You should! Please come see Naga Metropolitan Cathedral. =)

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