San Agustin Front 3

An Exploration of San Agustin Church: Photo Essay

The amount of destruction that occurred in the Philippines during World War II was horrendous. Countless historic buildings were lost. Some of the worst devastation occurred in the historic Manila district of Intramuros, whose name means “Walled City”. Only a single building was left largely standing: San Agustin Church.

Manila’s beautiful San Agustin Church is over 500 years old, initially built in 1607. Unlike many other buildings in Manila and the rest of the Philippines, the church has managed to survive many other disasters, including 8 major earthquakes. During the Battle of Manila, it was horrifically used as a concentration camp. But following the battle, it again survived, with only the roof damaged.

San Augustin Church is now World Heritage listed by UNESCO, as part of the Baroque Churches of the Philippines listing. It is one of the must-see sights on a visit to Manila.

Come and explore this magnificent historic site…

San Agustin Front 2
The front of San Agustin Intramuros
San Agustin Statue 2
Statue next to the entrance of San Agustin Church
San Agustin Front
Only the right bell tower remains. The left tower was damaged during an earthquake in the 19th century and subsequently demolished.
San Agustin Interior
The intricately decorated interior of San Agustin
San Agustin Altar
The altar inside San Agustin
San Agustin Ceiling
The ceiling of San Agustin, gorgeously decorated with the trompe l’oeil technique
San Agustin Chandelier
The chandeliers inside San Agustin, imported from France
San Agustin Statues 3
Statues of saints within San Agustin
San Agustin Gate
Gateway leading from San Agustin Church to the monastery next door
San Agustin Hallways
The beautiful hallway in the monastery next to San Agustin Church. The monastery was destroyed during WWII, but was rebuilt, and is now a museum.
San Agustin Window
The outlook from the hallway into the courtyard
San Agustin Courtyard
Courtyard of the San Agustin Monastery
San Agustin Musuem Altarpiece
An historic altarpiece in the San Agustin Museum
San Agustin Monastery Dome
Dome above the staircase in San Agustin Monastery
San Agustin Statue
Lion status on the front of San Agustin Church

2 thoughts on “An Exploration of San Agustin Church: Photo Essay

  1. What a magical church with beautiful architectural details. I love your use of B&W photos because it adds a more dramatic flair to these photos. You don’t even need words for them – those photos speak for themselves!

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