San Agustin Church is one of the four Philippine churches constructed during the Spanish colonial period to be designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It was named a National Historical Landmark by the Philippine government in 1976. – wikipedia.org
San Agustin Church Intramuros, Manila
Intramuros Manila is definitely a must go-see place if you want to learn more about the Philippines.
During the Spanish colonial period, there were several structures built, and some if them were well-preserved up to this date some of them are located in Intramurus, Manila. And one of which is the San Agustin Church.
Budget : P550.00 or 11 USD
From my place, I booked an uber ride and paid P150.00, this is the easiest way though, and I paid P300.00 for two way. But there’s a cheaper alternative, this is to ride the LRT to Central Terminal station, and you can walk from there (15-25mins).
The church also has a museum with an entrance fee of P200 for adults, P150 for students. The entrance ticket to the museum is a postcard where they put a stamp at the back and can also work as a souvenir from the tour.
What To See
Paintings are every where. Chairs, tables and other things that they used during the Spanish colonial days were also displayed for viewing.
There’s also a big, dim, echoey room, where the ashes whom served the church were stored after cremation. Left loved ones are allowed to offer flowers and light candles.
At the end of the hallway, there’s a big open door with a stair that leads to the next floor where you can take a birds eye view of the church. The stairway is awkwardly beautiful. Awkward because it somewhat creeps me out.
At the deck, not only you can see a good view of the church, but you can also see clearly how the ceiling looks like. I thought it was real carving designs at first, but if stared closely, the walls and the ceiling are all hand-painted.
My tour was short and quick, but my interest grew bigger and would want to visit Intramuros again to check other tourist spots around the area.
Learning, and looking back on Philippine’s heritage is truly amazing.
Little by little, learning Philippine’s history culture is exciting. May I know if anyone of you find history places and structures interesting? Let me hear your thoughts, and would really appreciate if you can recommend a historical place. I’d be glad to visit your blog entries to see some pictures as well.