Thursday, February 27, 2014


A Gothic cathedral in Manila is something that sounds a bit strange, specially when that cathedral is all made of steel and German stained glass! This is another of those places I have no idea that exist (it's incredible how POSTCROSSING increased my knowledge of the world). If I ever go to Manila I'll definitely visit this church (maybe I can catch a Jeepney to go there!), must be a unique place, hopefully soon a WHS. Thank you very much (Maraming Salamat Po!) Raine, I really love this one. This postcard took 16 days to arrive!

San Sebastian Church, Manila - PHILIPPINES - UNESCO TENTATIVE
San Sebastian Church is located in Quiapo, one of Manila's older districts.  Surrounding it are rows of old houses.  The Church of San Sebastian is made of a steel frame and panels and is  known for its distinct characteristic - that of being the only neo-gothic steel church in the Philippines and in Asia. The steel parts were manufactured in the Societe Anonyme's foundry in Binche, Belgium and were shipped to Manila.  The stained glass windows were imported from the Henri Oidtmann Company, a German stained glass firm. The Church of San Sebastian is a reflection of the late 19th century innovations in architecture, art and construction.

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