January 8, 2009

Our Lady of the Remedies

From the 1937 marker on the Malate Church in the City of Manila, imprinted with the seal of the Historical Research and Markers Committee:
    This section of the city dates back to 1588. The Titular Patroness of this church is Nuestra Señora de los Remedios, whose statue was brought from Spain in 1624 by Rev. Juan Guevara, O.S.A. The British landed their troops near these shores in 1762 and used the church of Malate for protection for their rear-guard in the capture of Manila. This church was greatly damaged by the earthquake of June 3, 1863 and was rebuilt by Rev. Francisco Cuadrado, O.S.A. The parish has been under the successive administration of the Augustinians, the secular clergy, the Redemptorists, and the Columbans.

facade of Malate Church

18 comments:

JM said...

Massive looking church, quite different from ours, as the bell towers are incorporated in the walls.

Olivier said...

impressionnante cette église, on dirait un fort.

this impressive church, it looks like a fort.

Marc said...

Looks like a bit of cleaning on the outside would bring it back to its original beauty, but it still looks pretty nice.

Destitute Rebel said...

What a beautiful building, I just love old building with a lot of history.

Lois said...

This is a very beautiful old church. I would love to see what it looks like on the inside!

George said...

What a beautiful old church. I can see why the British used it as a strongpoint -- it's massive.

Halcyon said...

What kind of stone is this church made from? It looks like it could use a good sandblasting, but that might take away some of the charm.

Boise Diva said...

It doesn't look like a church, it looks like a fort/castle of some sort. It's possible it could have been built for that reason so long ago...maybe churches could play that double role.

Jarart said...

This is an astonishing building! Now I must see the inside. Old buildings are so interesting to me.

Mo said...

I love beautiful old churches like this.

Tamera said...

Oh my goodness is this Malate Cathedral? My parents were married here! So was my aunt! (I was the flower girl at my aunt's wedding.) Wow!

Ken Mac said...

exceptionally beautiful building and you've really captured it Hilda! Love it.

Hilda said...

Halcyon:
Sorry, I don't know and there's hardly any information about it on the web. I won't be surprised if it was adobe.

Tamera:
That's probably the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros. Very popular as a wedding church.

N.P. said...

Love this artchitecture.

metromanila said...

Love this capture! This church will always be special to me.

Tamera said...

Hilda -- Nope, it was Malate where they were married! I had my mom check your blog and she confirmed. How cool that you posted a picture of it. She thought so too.

mkhansen said...

Very impressive facade -- I kind of like the character that the "soot" gives. Looks almost like a graphite drawing.

Sarah Jane said...

Wow, I haven't seen anything like that here in Pasadena, Ca. Good of you to take such a great picture of it.
Thanks for stopping by my blog yesterday!