General Luna Street
The San Agustin Church is just walking distance from Manila Cathedral, so I told K that it would be our next destination. When we got there, the front door was closed, but it was okay, we ate our lunch at Ristorante delle Mitre - which was just in front of the church, so we would know when the church opens.
A few minutes before 1pm, we saw someone opened the doors.
According to Wikipedia,
San Agustin Church is a Roman Catholic church under the auspices of The Order of St. Augustine, located inside the historic walled city of Intramuros in Manila.Of the four Baroque Churches in the Philippines, this was the very first one I visited, during a field trip when I was in the fourth grade. Anyway, since the church just opened and people were doing preparations for a wedding, we decided to check the museum first (located just next to the church), which I will share tomorrow. For now, I will just share pictures from the church.
In 1993, San Agustin Church was one of four Philippine churches constructed during the Spanish colonial period to be designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, under the collective title Baroque Churches of the Philippines. It was named a National Historical Landmark by the Philippine government in 1976.
Interiors. It looks pretty much like a straight rectangle inside, but actually the interiors of the church was shaped like a Latin Cross. At the sides of the church were 14 side chapels, which I wasn't able to photograph one by one.
Zooming In on the Altar. It just speaks a lot of history!
Ceiling. When I first went here, I really thought the ceiling was sculpted cement, and when I read more about the church, I learned that is was a trompe-l'œil (French term for "Deceive the Eye") ceiling painted in 1875 by Italian artists Cesare Alberoni and Giovanni Dibella.
View from the Top. Touring the museum took an ample amount of time, that when we got to the Choir Loft, the wedding already started.
This church is definitely a very popular choice for weddings, possibly because of its awesome features. I, too, hope to get married here in the future... but currently, the church charges p22,000 for a wedding ceremony (more than 500usd), and I am afraid by the time I meet my Mr. Right the fee would be much higher than that. Though very expensive, a lot of weddings take place in this church that the couples are advised to book the church a year prior to the wedding date, just to be sure they get the date they prefer.