San Agustin

Author Name:    Posted: 11/29/2011 06:28:52 PM
After stumbling upon several gorgeous photos of the San Agustin Church this morning, there was no doubt what today's post would be dedicated to.

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The San Agustin Church in Manila, is one of the oldest churches in the Philippines.  It was built between 1586 and 1607, making it over 400 years old.  It is a Roman Catholic Church under the auspices of The Order of St. Augustine.

There were three generations of churches at this site built under the auspices of The Order of St. Augustine.  The first, built entirely of bamboo, was completed in 1571, and burned down three years later during an attempted invasion.  The second, built entirely of wood, burned down in 1583.  Then a third was built made entirely of stone.  This is the San Agustin Church that stands today.

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The church has lived through several wars, earthquakes, imprisonment and destruction.  Only one of the original two bell towers remain and its original monastery has since been destroyed.  A new monastery was built in 1970 and in 1976 the Philippine Government declared the building a National Historic Landmark.

This is a magnificent church to look at and to visit.  Its size and history carries a special place in Philippine History and shall continue to do so.  For more information, visit here.

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