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San Sebastian Church



San Sebastian Church


San Sebastián Church is noted for its architectural features. An example of the revival of Gothic architecture in the Philippines, it is the only all-steel church or basilica in Asia and claimed as the only prefabricated steel church in the world.

The interior of the church displays groined vaults in the Gothic architecture style. The steel columns, walls and ceiling were painted by Lorenzo Rocha and his students to give the appearance of marble and jasper. Trompe l’oeil paintings were used to decorate the interiors of the church. True to the Gothic revival spirit of the church are its confessionals, pulpit, altars and five retablos designed by Lorenzo Guerrero and Rocha. The sculptor Eusebio García carved the statues of holy men and women.Six holy water fonts were constructed for the church, each crafted from marble obtained from Romblon.

Above the main altar is an image of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, given to the church by Carmelite sisters from Mexico City in 1617. The image withstood all the earthquakes and fires which had destroyed previous incarnations of San Sebastián Church, but its ivory head was stolen in 1975.




Contact Info


Address: Minor Basilica of San Sebastian
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Shrine
Plaza del Carmen, Quiapo, Manila
Landline: 734.8908 / 736.1185


4 Responses to “San Sebastian Church”

  1. Joy says:

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  2. danica santos says:


    im getting married on november 15 2012, we are interested in san sebastian church. may we know your rates.

    thanks and have a nice day

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  4. cyril mesina says:


    good day! Please send to me the wedding ceremony package rate.

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