San Agustin Church

Gen. Luna St., Intramuros, Manila, Metro Manila

San Agustin Church
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20 Reviewers

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Category:
Historical Site
Business Hours
Reopens Fri: 6:30a - 6:30p
Phone
+6325247141

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 6:30a - 7:00p
  • Monday
    • 6:30a - 6:30p
  • Tuesday
    • 6:30a - 6:30p
  • Wednesday
    • 6:30a - 6:30p
  • Thursday
    • 6:30a - 6:30p
  • Friday
    • 6:30a - 6:30p
  • Saturday
    • 6:30a - 6:30p

Most Recent Reviews

Larah L.
4.0 Stars

Lovely interiors

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Ian P.
4.0 Stars

Impressive church!

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Mica C.
4.0 Stars

Everytime I visit this church, I would always witness love blooming and being blessed by God through countless weddings This place holds a place in my heart as is not only one of the most beautiful churches in the Philippines, its also the church where my parents got married in. Love is truly in the air as San Agustin Church is an art piece in itself, to be dramatic about it, features a visual representation as to how unconditional love can be a grand and intricate feeling.

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Tyrone G.
5.0 Stars

Nice place to hang out

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Kim L.
5.0 Stars

San Agustin Church is one of the four churches designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. And without a doubt, it is a beauty that holds so much history in all its' corners. You will instantly notice the intricate details of its' interiors from the chandeliers to the carvings on the panels. And true enough, it gives you a delightful "trip" or feels of being inside the churches in Italy.

Definitely my favorite church of all time and I'm happy to say that pretty soon, I'll be celebrating a memorable event in my life here!12852110084

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Roy G.
5.0 Stars

Like much!

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Ann Margaret L.
4.0 Stars

After classes my friends and I decided to go for a walk around Intramuros. We were planning to visit a museum and I suggested we visit San Agustin Church Museum, but unfortunately it was closed already. It opens at around 9am or 10am (i guess) then closes at 5pm.

The church is so old which makes it even more beautiful. Whenever I pass by that church, there's always a wedding ceremony. 128517

We will definitely go back to check its museum since our school is located in Intramuros, too.

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Raisa R.
5.0 Stars

I think this is the most beautiful church in the Philippines.
Perfect for weddings.
A UNESCO world heritage site.
I fell in love with it's door. It's hand crafted by the Spaniards during their era. It reminds me of the Door at Duomo Milano.

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Leen C.
3.0 Stars

I thought it was OK.

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Paul G.
5.0 Stars

Flashback. Our family was chosen to take part in Subaru's 360-degree pilot movie project directed by Tim White (the same guy behind the video Move).

Shot in different countries, they chose Philippines as one and San Agustin at Intramuros as location because they knew Filipinos are very religious.

We finally experienced how to be models (probably first and last ha ha).

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Rhiza N.
4.0 Stars

I liked it.

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Michelle A.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Rose C.
5.0 Stars

Another example of baroque architecture.

This is one of the four churches during the spanish period that is now a UNESCO World heritage site...

This is also a sanctuary for the priests., you can see them at the floor of the church. I remember way back 1995 we had a field trip trip here.., we had a tour inside the museum beside the church... One thing I remember is the sanctuary, maybe I'll visit that one day again... ;)

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Eric N.
5.0 Stars

The church that we see today is actually the third structure built by the Augustinians on the same site. The first was made of nipa and bamboo and was the first structure of a religious nature to be ever built in Luzon. Completed in 1751, it was destroyed by fire during the invasion of Limahong.

A year later, a structure made of wood was built on the same site. The second structure became the venue for the first Diocesan Synod in 1581. This, too, was destroyed by fire two years later,during the interment of Spanish Governor General Gonzalo Ronquillo de Peñalosa. Apparently, one of the candles set afire the drapes of the platform where the coffin was placed.

The Augustinians decided to build the third structure in stone. Based on the design by Juan Macias, construction began in 1586 and was officially completed in 1607. The church was so stable that it survived periodic earthquakes with minimal damage. Except in one where the left bell tower had to be permanently removed, leaving the church as it appears today.

The church is not just one of those old churches. Found here is the tomb of Manila's founder and first governor-general, Miguel Lopez de Legazpi.

It was in the sacristy of the church that the Spaniards and Americans discussed and signed the terms of surrender of the city of Manila to the Americans in 1898.

During the Japanese occupation of the Philippines during World War II, San Agustin Church was turned into a concentration camp for prisoners.

It became the site of the first Philippine Plenary Council in 1953.

San Agustin also has beautiful architectural details. I think one of the most spectacular features of this church are the murals on the ceilings and walls. At first look, one would think that the entire ceiling and walls were carved. Upon closer inspection, you'd realize that these were all painted on.

The work of Italian decorative artisans Alberoni and Dibella, the trompe l'oeil ceilings bring the plaster to life: creating a three-dimensional effect with paint and imagination alone.

In 1993, San Agustin Church was one of four churches designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It was named a National Historical Landmark by the Philippine government in 1976.

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Dell C.
3.0 Stars

It is my brother's confirmation today. He is scheduled 8am to 10am. Guess what? It started 10am. Father is late. 128528128528128528

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Gianne C.
3.0 Stars

I liked the chandeliers.. there are 3 big ones. They also have a very long aisle which I think is really good so the bride can manage her time to walk and showcase how beautiful she is on her most important day of her life. ;-)

Unfortunately, the sculptures you'll see in the ceiling of this church are just wallpapers. They only seem to look real at first glance.

On another note, I hope they would set up an air conditioning system in this place. I pity the people, especially the couple getting married coz their sweat just couldn't wait to come out.. which totally is going to ruin the "picture picture" moment!! Haha

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April V.
4.0 Stars

I liked it.

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Marvin Ryan V.
4.0 Stars

Visit the museum. That is all.

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Daryl P.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Kristine T.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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