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Like the Manila Cathedral, the San Agustin Church was first built with nipa and bamboo. When the Chinese pirate Limahong raided Manila, the church was razed to the ground. After a second incident, the church was rebuilt in stone. San Agustin Church reinforced the spread of the Catholic faith, but during the Japanese occupation in World War II, its hallowed halls served as a concentration camp. Unlike majority of Intramuros in the Battle of Manila, it stayed upright amidst the wreckage. The adjacent monastery was completely destroyed, but the church stood. Bask in the opulence of 16th-century crosses, Parisian chandeliers, and a majestic pipe organ. Look up, and the ceiling can play tricks on your eyes with its three-dimensional paintings—a style called trompe l’oeil. San Agustin Church also hosts an extensive collection of religious artefacts for history buffs and devout believers. Its charm carries on, hosting weddings and regular Masses—a living tradition inherited from the Spanish.
General Luna Street, Manila City, Metro Manila, Philippines
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