March 25, 2009

Chinoy church

Soon after the Spaniards settled the Chinese who converted to Christianity in Binondo in 1596, the Dominicans built a church for them. This was destroyed by a British bombardment in 1762 during their brief occupation of Manila. In 1852, a new Binondo Church was built on the same site with an octagonal bell tower which echoes Chinese architecture and design. The church was severely damaged during WWII but the facade and bell tower survived. The rebuilding and reconstruction of the church was done in several phases and took a long time, from 1946 to 1984. Binondo Church, dedicated to Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, is also known as the Minor Basilica of San Lorenzo Ruiz, named after the Philippines' first saint, who was born of a Chinese father and a Tagalog mother. He served as an altar boy in the original church and was tortured and killed in Japan in 1637 for refusing to renounce his faith. He was canonized in 1987.

Binondo Church

25 comments:

Olivier said...

une très belle architecture, mais une histoire triste
a very nice architecture, but a sad history

George said...

What a beautiful old church. I especially like the Chinese-style bell tower. Thanks for giving us the history of this church.

Jacob said...

The face of that church bespeaks a long and crusty history. It appears the tower is built of another kind of material (brick?) or is the front of the church a facade?

It certainly has a lot of character, and I appreciate the way you angled the shot!

Halcyon said...

You really have such an interesting history! This church reminds me of the grand cathdrals in Milan or Rome. Beautiful!

Reena said...

i pass by this all the time! but i never had the chance to stop and enter. ganda tlga...

Lois said...

It's absolutely beautiful Hilda! I love the bell tower. I also enjoyed the history lesson! By the way, I have included a short explanation of the red and white awnings you asked about on my blog. I don't think they have any relationship to the flowers though, except that maybe they decided to coordinate the colors!

the buddhess said...

Oh, what a coincidence that we both posted churches. This one looks more historical than mine. Very impressive structure too.

Jarart said...

Impressive old building, I like the arches with the statues. I wonder what the inside looks like.

Pam said...

This is a wonderful old church, Hilda. It must have taken a lot of time and hard work to build such a massive and beautiful church. Thanks for the history too.

Vogon Poet said...

This is a strange church, in different colors and oddly shaped. It has a history quite similar to many churches here, rebuilt after the last war.
I like it, probably your story helps, and should be curious to see the inside.

PJ said...

The church is very beautiful. That's a very sad story, I keep hoping we'll learn to accept each other one day.

Mo said...

A beautiful church. Why such buildings have to be destryed in wars is beyond me

Eki said...

what a marvellous piece of historic architecture, Hilda. I love the details and ornaments.

About your question:
Yes, the Allied Forced did occupy the paralyzed city for while. THey could not do much though, and with the guerrila attacks from militia, they decided it was not worth it to occupy the city and decided to leave soon.

Jackie said...

How lovely - and thanks for the history lesson too!

It looks very calm and peaceful, unlike the road in front of it!

Marc said...

Wonderful building. The facade could do with some cleaning, but it looks impressive.

skywind said...

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Lilli & Nevada said...

Beautiful i would love to see the inside

Ken Mac said...

gorgeous!

the donG said...

i really smile every time i see bloggers in manila feature churches around the metro. because i get to feature churches from other provinces yet, so less of manila. truth is ive never seen that church yet. so odd.

lunarossa said...

Very impressive building and so the story behind it. The tower is definetely unusual. manila seems such a great place to visit! Ciao. A.

Boise Diva said...

A crusty and intricate building and history.

Cezar and Léia said...

Impressive story indeed! Great post dear Hilda!
Many thanks for all informations!
Have a nice weekend!
Léia :-)

Joe Narvaez said...

I have only been inside that beautiful church once. I would like to visit it again. Nice shot here. Angle and all.

Juergen Kuehn said...

As I am so interested in churches I found here a great excample of Spanish building culture from 16th. century. Thank you.

Australia said...

i love it!
je l'adore!