if these stone walls could talk...

/ 06 December 2014 /
Churches, dungeons, cafes -- there are few things more humbly steeped in history than these structures, unexpectedly standing on some bustling street corner. These places of magic, if they don't captivate you with their time-tested beauty, will make you wonder about the stories of old witnessed by their quiet, enduring walls.
The facade of the Manila Metropolitan Cathedral bears the inscription "Tibi cordi tuo immaculato concredimus nos ac consecramus (We consecrate to your immaculate heart and entrust to you (Mary) for safekeeping)."

Intramuros, Manila
A history within walls

The Manila Metropolitan Cathedral, built in 1581

The Dungeons of Fort Santiago, Intramuros, where World War II prisoners were kept

Old and new -- Across the river from Intramuros is the bustling Binondo "China Town".

Bronze footprints trace Jose Rizal's steps in the walled city before his execution.

Silent sacredness

The otherwordly ruins of Camiguin's 16th-century Guiob Church, which was destroyed by an 1871 volcanic eruption

A portion of Guiob Church's belfry is one of the few structures that remain standing.

A canopy of trees add to the ethereal quality of the Guiob Church ruins, located in the town of Catarman.

The interior of the San Nicolas de Tolentino Church, built in the late 1800s in the town of Mambajao. The sacred figures are covered with purple cloths during the Holy Week.

In the town of Sagay, the interior of the Sto. Rosario Church, originally built in 1882, is decked with bamboo and driftwood.

Los Baños, Laguna

Located inside the campus of the University of the Philippines - Los Baños, the St. Therese of the Child Jesus Church was built as a chapel in 1927.

Inside the San Antonio de Padua Church

See more of these historic structures in the second part of this collection.


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