September 15, 2013

Getting ready

Manila Cathedral This is the closest I've gotten to the dome of the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, better known as the Manila Cathedral and the seat of the Archdiocese of Manila. It was taken from the roofdeck of The Manila Collectible Co., which can be rented for events (but I don't recommend it during dreary rainy days, like the day we were there). The Cathedral has been closed since February of last year for structural renovations, the most important of which is seismic retrofitting. The current cathedral is the eighth church to be built on the site, and at least four previous structures were destroyed or heavily damaged by earthquakes.

4 comments:

Barbara Farr said...

Impressive piece of architecture. I hope they can make it sound.

Kate said...

An important building to the faithful. I, too, hope that it can be made safer for any future earthquakes, both large and small.

Doronette NF said...

Thanks for sharing it !

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

The most holy site in Costa Rica has had to have the Basilica rebuilt several times due to earthquakes. The current structure is mostly wood instead of masonry, which I assume was done to give it more flexibility to withstand earthquakes.