Santo Domingo Church

santo domingo church
Santo Domingo Church | Renacimiento Manila (@rebirth,manila) | Powerpoint Art by Diego Torres @egong.von


The original motherhouse of the Dominican Order in the Philippines. The was also the shrine of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary of La Naval de Manila whose intercession is believed to have saved Manila from a Dutch invasion in 1646.

Rebuilt five times in Intramuros. Its fifth incarnation was a Neo-gothic masterpiece that became a landmark of Old Manila. The church was bombed by Japanese forces in 1941 and the rest of the structure was destroyed in 1945 during the Battle of Manila.

The Dominicans relocated to Quezon City. The site is occupied today by a bank and an office tower.

Santo Domingo Church
Shrine of the Nuestra Senora del Santisimo Rosario de la Naval de Manila
Calle Solana cor. Calle Beaterio

On the northern side of Intramuros, in an area near the Pasig River, there once stood the grand church of Santo Domingo. First built in 1587 on marshy terrain, the church would evolve and rise several times after being destroyed by fires and earthquakes. The mist famous incarnation of Santo Domingo was built in 1868. The new church was designed in the Neo-Gothic Style.

Venerated inside the church was the image of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary of La Naval. In 1646, Spanish and Filipino troops defeated a large Dutch naval invasion force in a series of Naval battles known as the La Naval.

The church was sadly hit by Japanese bombs in December 1941, and its ruins were demolished in the 1950s.

Have you visited the original site of Sto. Domingo in Intramuros? What are your thoughts?

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Powerpoint Art by Diego Torres @egong.von

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