Monday, October 8, 2012

Quiapo Church/OWT



Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene or more popularly known as the Quiapo Church in Plaza Miranda along Quezon Boulevard in Manila.  I haven't been to this area of Manila in almost two decades until last Saturday.  

This church is home to a 17th century life-size statue of the Black Nazarene to whom many Catholics are devotees.  Many devotees have testified to the healing power of the Black Nazarene, making this church a pilgrimage to Filipino Catholics.

The feast of the Black Nazarene is celebrated every January 9th, and attended by thousands of bare-footed devotees, mostly men (women, especially the elderly are discouraged to join because of the pushing and shoving), who join the procession.  Year after year, people have died and hospitalized from the surge of devotees during the procession.

Franciscan missionaries built the original church in the 15th century.

Linking to Our World-Tuesday

11 comments:

LadyD Piano said...

Gorgeous church; the historical background is very interesting! Beautiful photo.

Judy SheldonWalker said...

Beautiful church set against an amazing sky. I love the fascinating history and would like to know more.

Oman said...

truly a remarkable church full of history and very, very chaotic come the feast of nazarene :)

Lara Neusiedler @ Uproad said...

I have to agree with the motto of your blog and to feel amazed in front of this beautiful work of architecture!

ladyfi said...

That is a gorgeous church!

Tito Eric said...

When in Manila, I attend mass here every Friday, and then walk over to my kumpare's eatery for some fried chicken and mixed vegetables.

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EG CameraGirl said...

Impressive architecture!

Gary said...

Great post!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Black Jack's Carol said...

The architecture is stunning, but "pushing and shoving" with such disregard for safety seems contradictory to the message of a healing icon. Fascinating to learn about this!

Ann said...

I hope no earthquake to ruin such a magnificent building.