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…
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