San Sebastian | The Church Made of Steel

San Sebastian Church
After meeting up at TIP Manila for my cap distributed by Street Style Originals, my plan was to visit Paco Cemetery but due to unfriendly weather condition, I opted to visit San Sebastian Church, just few meters away. For the second time, when I entered the church, I was still fascinated by its uniqueness; from the walls, columns, floor, glass chandeliers, cabinets and others look really stunning.

Oldest church in the Philippines
San Sebastian Church or Basilica Minore de San Sebastian is a Minor Basilica in the City of Manila. Its first structure is situated on a land donated by Don Bernardino Castillo, a devotee of Saint Sebastian, in 1621. It was made up of wood, but was burned in 1651. So it was then replaced by a structure made of bricks but was destroyed by fire and earthquakes. A new plan was created and that’s to build a fire and earthquake resistant structure. In 1880s, Esteban Martinez approached the Spanish architect, Genaro Palacios, to make a structure made of entirely of steel.

Churches in Manila
The steel used in building the present structure were manufactured in Belgium. They were transported in eight separate shipments from Belgium to the Philippines. The stained glass were imported from a German stained glass firm and applied by the local artisans. You can also check my photos captured  two years ago, click here.