July 11, 2010

In defense of the faith

Fort Santiago, named after St. James the Greater, the Patron Saint of Spain, was built in 1571, soon after the arrival of Spanish conquistador Miguel López de Legazpi. Renovations were done on the fort in 1773, which included the construction of the Reducto de San Francisco Javier (Redoubt of St. Francis Xavier) and a tunnel leading to it from the main fort. The redoubt added to the defense of the seashore and the mouth of the Pasig River. In the 1980s, the redoubt was restored and converted into a shrine for Our Lady of Guadalupe. A replica of her image was brought to the islands by Fray Andrés de Urdaneta, one of the first five Augustinians in the Legazpi expedition.

shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Fort Santiago

19 comments:

brattcat said...

Such rich color and elaborate detail.

ρομπερτ said...

How very impressive a sight. Surely makes one silent in respect of this great work. Please have a nice Sunday.

daily athens

LD said...

Beautiful golds and reds and lovely rendition of Our Lady of Guadelupe. Thanks for sharing that slice of your world!

Dan said...

Very nice dambana sa Ina ng Guadalupe!
Maligayang bati sa iyong blog ay napaka-interesante!

Very nice shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe!
Congratulations on your blog is very interesting!

Living In Williamsburg Virginia said...

Beautifully captured.

Darryl and Ruth : )

Cezar and Léia said...

Beautiful, inspiring picture!
God bless you!
Cezar

peppermint said...

So lovely picture. Really a piece of art. For someone love history, seeing all your posting made me learn a lot about Manila's history.Thanks for sharing Hilda.

Dave said...

impressive capture.

SRQ said...

Incredible detailed work. Very pretty.

Kaori said...

Gorgeous! I wonder how long it takes to add that much detail?

Halcyon said...

This is so beautiful. I am sure it has moved many people.

melanie said...

Oh que c'est beau !

Et merci d'être venue sur mon blog : tu as trouvé. Ce n'était ni le ciel, ni l'eau ... mais seulement des pieds de tomates sur un film plastique !

VP said...

Wonderful work and great importance both for history and faith.

Ebie said...

Very well preserved.

Leif Hagen said...

What an ornate, heavenly piece of religious art! It was perfect for Sacred Sunday!

George said...

This is a beautiful shrine. I love the color and detail you've captured.

Christian Lucas Sangoyo said...

Wow! I haven't been to this place. Is this inside Fort Santiago itself?

Louis la Vache said...

«Louis» always enjoys your photos and stories of the places of worship there, Hilda.

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