Monday, July 19, 2010

My World#79 (Philippine Churches: Part 7) Sta. Cruz Church, Manila

Sta. Cruz Church is located at Plaza Lacson, Sta. Cruz, Manila. It is just right off McArthur Bridge and is fronting the Greco-Roman styled Roman Santos Building (Prudential Bank Building), one of the old buildings of Manila which was built before World War II broke out.

The altar of Sta. Cruz Church, Manila

The facade of Sta. Cruz Church, Manila

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The fountain fronting the church

I really wish that those obstruction fronting the church could be transferred. It is a beautiful old church and those who placed those electric post and snaking electric wires did the church such injustice and disrespect.

The Jesuits built the first Roman Catholic Church in the area where the present Santa Cruz Parish stands on June 20, 1619. The Jesuits enshrined the image of the Our Lady of Pilar in 1643 to serve the pre-dominantly Chinese residents in the area. The image drew a lot of devotees and a popular cult grew around it.

Description: The original church of Sta. Cruz was built in 1608 for the Chinese converted to Christianity by the priests of the Society of Jesus. When the Jesuits were expelled from the Philippines, the church became Dominican. The structure was damaged by the earthquake, and then during the Battle of Manila in 1945. The present structure was rebuilt in 1957.

How to get there?: From Taft Avenue, hail a PUJ bound for Sta. Cruz. Get off right infront of the church.

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Sylvia K July 19, 2010 at 7:12 PM  

What a lovely part of your world, Marites! Such a beautiful church and your photos are marvelous as always! Hope you have a great week!


Al July 19, 2010 at 7:48 PM  

That looks like a beautiful church, thanks for sharing your photos.

J Bar July 19, 2010 at 8:23 PM  

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Luna Miranda July 19, 2010 at 8:31 PM  

i didn't know Sta. Cruz church is quite old. those cables really make our streets ugly.:(

Anonymous July 19, 2010 at 9:09 PM  

very nice shots. i like the last shot the best, love the composition.

Julie July 19, 2010 at 10:14 PM  

The inside of the church is extremely large and spacious. I would imagine you could hear a pin drop. Lovely looking building with a distinct Spanish heritage.

kcatwoman July 20, 2010 at 4:59 AM  

thanks for taking a photo of this chapel. of all manila chapels, i like san agustin's church the best. the garden was beautiful. it's like living in another time.

Jenn July 20, 2010 at 6:00 AM  

OO nga! Those electric wire is such an obstruction. But it is nevertheless a beautiful church inside and out.

Gattina July 21, 2010 at 8:15 AM  

Beautiful church, not so overloaded with decorations as ours here.

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