Binondo Church

Binondo Church
Binondo Church

The Binondo Church is one of the oldest Christian churches in the Philippines. This church was built in 1596 and like other historical places, it has suffered damage over the years due to natural disasters, such as earthquakes.

The only part of the Binondo Church that has not been renovated since its original construction in the 16th century is the grand octagonal bell tower. I felt like I was actually in the 16th century when I visited the Binondo Church.

For those who are interested in architecture, they will definitely love this beautiful church also. My favorite part of this building that stands out is the octagonal bell tower.

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Chinese Cemetery

Chinese Cemetery

The Chinese Cemetery is the second oldest cemetery in Manila.  Originally, this place was used for burial of Chinese citizens who were not allowed to be buried in Catholic cemeteries during the Spanish colonial period.  Currently, the Chinese Cemetery is used for the burial of the wealthy.  I was amazed at this luxurious cemetery. 

I think it should be called “City of the Dead” instead.  My two hour tour here showed me various mausoleums that actually have toilets and showers.  I also learned a lot about the Chinese Filipino culture and architecture during the tour.  I would go here again and recommend it to others.

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