9 April 2014- Two years after its renovation, the Manila Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica, the seat of the archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila, has been opened to the public for the celebration of mass.

Without necessarily altering the facade of the church, the structural integrity has been enhanced for earthquake retrofitting and subsidence prevention.

The Manila Cathedral is not your ordinary church.  After saying a little prayer, visitors would be at awe on the classic interiors of the church.  I personally tag it as a museum apart from being a place of worship for Roman Catholics.  The sculptures, carvings, stained glass windows, dome, metal works, portals and the main altar make up for an architectural landmark worthy of commendation.

The Cathedral of Manila is located at Cabildo corner Beaterio, Intramuros, Manila.  And being situated at the walled city of Intramuros, where structures date back to the Spanish times, the architectural design of the cathedral is no wonder inspired by the culture and grandeur of the Spaniards.

Thus, apart from going to the church with the whole family for a liturgical service, a great appreciation of history and the arts is also inevitable without having to pay for entrance fees.  But don't get me wrong with such recommendation.  The Manila Cathedral is indeed a sacred place and not to be substituted as a museum in itself, it only becomes inevitably culturally and historically enriched for the reason that the structure has withstood a number of years sans the renovations.

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