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San Agustin Church, the oldest stone church in the Philippines

Updated: Sep 3

The San Agustin Church is a Baroque church located in Intramuros, Manila, Philippines. It is 416 years old, and one of the four Baroque Churches of the Philippines inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the only church that survived the near complete destruction of Intramuros in World War 2.

San Agustin Church with a Philippines' flag flying behind it

In this blog post, we will take you on a virtual tour of this beautiful church, give you the lowdown on its fascinating history of endurance, share some facts, help you find the church, and also include your FREE GUIDE to visiting the Philippines. Plus some very special offers from our partners at Klook!


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Our San Agustin Church highlights

We had the true pleasure of visiting this beautiful Roman Catholic church as part of our tour of Intramuros. Having travelled much of eastern Europe and south Asia in our past year, predominantly Islamic countries, this was the first church we have been to in some time. And what an amazing church it is.

The front facade of San Agustin Church, Intramuros, Manila, Philippines

Prior to visiting we already knew of its moniker as being the oldest church in the Philippines, but the more we looked into it the more amazing its history becomes. Not just the oldest, it also holds a strength that goes far beyond age; it has emerged as the only structure to survive the total destruction of Intramuros on no less than two occasions. The first through a devastating earthquake, and the second the terror of war that led to Manila becoming the second most destroyed city of World War Two. Both times this was the only building left standing.