23 May, 2008

Malate Church Postcards

Malate Church is a church in Manila. It is a Baroque-style church which faces a small park and beyond that Manila Bay. The church is dedicated to Nuestra Senora de Remedios ("Our Lady of Remedies"), the patroness of childbirth. A revered statue of the Virgin Mary in her role as Our Lady of Remedies was brought from Spain in 1624 and stands at the altar.

Malate Church Postcard 1

The church was built originally in the sixteenth century by the Augustinians and is one of the oldest churches in Manila outside of Intramuros. British soldiers took refuge in this church during their occupation of the Philippines and attack on Intramuros in 1762-63. However, the church was destroyed in 1773 and was rebuilt. It was also badly damaged in World War II, and later restored again.

Malate Church Postcard 2

The present weathered adobe structure is actually only over 100 years old, though various predecessors have stood on the site since the end of the 16th century.

Malate Church Postcard 3

2 comments:

Media Blogger said...

Love how great old buldings like these look!

Filipino Deltiologist said...

manila had beautiful buildings, including churches during the early 19th century.. all gone after world war 2.. :(