07 April, 2008

Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene Postcards

Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene (Quiapo Church) is a Roman Catholic church located in Quiapo, Manila. It is home to the Black Nazarene, a much venerated statue of Jesus Christ which many people believe has miraculous attributes; because of this the church is sometimes referred to as the "Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene".

Quiapo Church Postcard 1

The foundations of the church was built in 1582 and survived the devastation of World War II despite surrounding buildings being completely destroyed. The church was painted cream after the original Mexican Baroque edifice was burned down in 1928.

Quiapo Church Postcard 2

Brought to the country by the Recollect Friars in the early 1600s, the Señor, the endearing name for the Black Nazarene, finally found permanent residence at the Quiapo Church, relegating its patron saint, St. John de Baptist to a permanent status of obscurity and lessened reverence.

Quiapo Church Postcard 3

Black Nazarene is a 400-year-old, darkened, wooden life-size image of Christ, clad in a maroon robe and semi-kneeling from carrying a large wooden cross. This image sits high above the altar.

Quiapo Church Postcard 4

On Fridays thousands of Catholic devotees may be seen inside the church edging forward on their knees towards the crucifix. The image is said to have special powers to grant favors and miracles to its devotees.

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