San Sebastian Basilica
The San Sebastian Basilica, located in Manila, Philippines, was first constructed in 1621 and is the only all metal church in East Asia. A national historic landmark, the building has been rebuilt four times due to damage from conflict, fire and earthquakes. The current metal structure was designed to be resistant to these disasters.
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Introducing the Basilica
The San Sebastian Basilica, located in Manila, Philippines, was first constructed in 1621 and is the only all metal church in the Philippines.
Rising over 30 meters in height the Basilica is built of 50 tons of steel shipped from Belgium in the 1800's.
The interior of the church is painted to look like stone and features a variety of paintings done with the Trompe-l'œil technique to give the illusion of three dimensions.
Today, the steel basilica faces new challenges, including corrosion from salt air from Manila Bay and water infiltration evidence of which is especially visible in the ornate dome.
Hear from Father Antonio Limchaypo, a priest who serves the community at this important icon found in the heart of Manila.