San Nicolas de Tolentino

San Nicolas de Tolentino
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San Nicolas de Tolentino (Home of the original image of the Black Nazarene)

A blessed Sunday! Today, Renacimiento Manila feature SAN NICOLAS DE TOLENTINO (RECOLETOS), one of the 7 Churches of Intramuros.

The motherhouse of the Augustinian Recollects. The first church stood in Bagumbayan, in what is now Rizal Park. The Recollects moved inside Intramuros in 1608. The church was damaged by cannon fire during the British attack in 1762.

Rebuilt once more after the 1863 earthquake, the church’s iconic four-tiered bell tower became a landmark in the southern part of Intramuros. Home of the original Black Nazarene image whose growing veneration led to the creation of a copy which was transferred to Quiapo in the 18th century.

The original Black Nazarene, as well as other artifacts and the church itself, burned down in 1945. The recollects moved to San Sebastian in Quiapo. The ruins were demolished in 1959. The site is now occupied by the Manila Bulletin.

Have you been to the site of the old Recoletos?

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