Manila Cathedral, Intramuros
The Cathedral Basilica of La Imaculada Concepcion, more popularly known as the Manila Metropolitan Cathedral, started as a church of light materials built in 1571. This was replaced by another structure that was probably built in 1581 and later declared as a cathedral. The church was damaged by a typhoon in 1582, repaired, razed by a fire in 1583, replaced by a stone structure in 1592, and destroyed during the earthquake of 1600 before it was finished. Over this, another church was built in 1614 that was again destroyed during an earthquake in 1645, replaced by a magnificent structure that was built in 1653, and destroyed again in the earthquake of 1863. Another cathedral was yet again built over the ruins in 1871 that was again damaged during the 1880 earthquake, destroyed during the Battle of Manila in 1945, and rebuilt in 1954. Read my blog entry on the Manila Cathedral at Shooting Churches, Eating Noodles.
Nikon D40 (KOOL NE Meetings, April 2008)