Binondo Church

Attraction Paredes St. at Plaza Calderon de la Barca | Binondo, Manila, Luzon, Philippines Published on: 13-11-2015

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Binondo Church, or Minor Basilica of St. Lorenzo Ruiz and Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Parish, is located in the District of Binondo, fronting Plaza San Lorenzo Ruiz.

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Why Binondo Church is special ?

Binondo Church, also known as Minor Basilica of St. Lorenzo Ruiz, is located in the District of Binondo, Manila fronting Plaza Calderón de La Barca, in the Philippines. It is located in Manila’s Chinatown at the western end of Ongpin Street, Binondo.

This church was founded by Dominican priests in 1596 to serve their Chinese converts to Christianity. The original building was destroyed by a bombardment by the British in 1762 during their brief occupation of Manila at that time. A new granite church was completed on the same site in 1852 however it was greatly damaged during the Second World War, with only the western facade and the octagonal bell tower surviving.


What to explore at Binondo Church?

Binondo Church stands on a big lot bounded by Quintin Paredes St, Ongpin St. and Condesa street. There is a big plaza in front of the church. It is called Plaza Calderon De La Barca.

The ceiling of the church is painted with religious images in the same way that Sistine chapel in Italy is artistically painted. The windowpanes are also beautifully painted. Many weddings are solemnized in this historical church. The church represents Binondo's glorious past. With the century old bell tower still standing proud, the bell rings at dusk as the faithful give thanks to the Almighty for a prolific day. At early morning of the next day, the doors of the church are opened again for devotees who seek divine guidance. Candles are lit and prayers are said. They then dip their two fingers into the holy water and make the sign of the cross, feeling confident that God will answer their prayers.


How to get to Binondo Church?

To reach the church, you can follow these routes:

If you’re in Diliman or QC, you can just take the North Avenue MRT station, take a train all the way to Taft Avenue where you will have to cross your way through the Metropoint Mall to the EDSA LRT 1 station. From EDSA LRT 1, ride a train going to Carriedo Station.

The same way, if you’re from Baclaran or around Pasay City, all you have to do is take a train to Carriedo Station which will lead you directly to Binondo.

If you’re all the way from Caloocan, you can take the station in Monumento and get down at Carriedo Station.

If you’re saving or don’t want to spend too much on train rides, jeeps from Divisoria going to Taft Ave will pass the Binondo Church directly.

It is also the same if you’re from Taft. Jeeps going to Divisoria will pass the Binondo Church on your right.


Selling points

  • One of the oldest catholic churches in the Philippines
  • Old Church in Binondo
  • A Tribute to the First Filipino Saint
  • Iconic church in the heart of Chinatown
  • Grand, very airy and in amazingly good shape
3  nice days in Manila with my family

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Paredes St. at Plaza Calderon de la Barca | Binondo, Manila, Luzon, Philippines

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  • It is close to the Divisoria market and to the Chinatown. One may walk from the intramuros or get a jeepney (a small bus) or a tricycle.
  • It's possible to hold wedding there. You should visit there on sunday to pray.
    Things to do
  • The interior is really attractive and elegant. You should watch it.
    What to see
  • A food trip in the area is recommended after a visit to this church. The noise is just too loud that you cannot hear anything anymore.
  • It's allowed to take photo there.
  • Taking memorable pictures is good only at a close range because taking picture of the whole building would be challenging because of the big building eyesores.
  • Inside it's too hot.
  • It sits beside the binondo fire station where you'll find purple painted fire trucks


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Their collections of "purportedly" faked relics that attracts devotees to the place is amazing. Plans to renovate it is underway!

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My most favorite church in Manila. Great interiors and well-preserved exterior.

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Its so nice to hear mass here... Just be careful outside from pickpockets.

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newly renovated! parang nasa rome! :)

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After you go shopping, dropy by just to say thank you for all the blessings!

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Binondo church is one of the heritage churches in the Philippines, that I've been to, that has amazing facade, walls and color. The interior is really attractive and elegant.

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I was there during a wedding which was really nice to see. The church is pretty, San Sebastian is better.

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Better inside than outside, it is well worth a visit. It is close to the Divisoria market and to the Chinatown. One may walk from the intramuros or get a jeepney (a small bus) or a tricycle.

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This is where i received my first communion a million years ago! returned in feb for a relative's wedding.. it has certainly changed. definitely for the better. the altar is very ornate and opulent. it's become more popular since it became the shrine of san lorenzo ruiz. it certainly looks and feels bigger to me. not very quiet as binondo/chinatown traffic is right outside the door, but i like this church, as it brings back memories of my gradeschool class crossing the bridge from my school to here with our religion teacher and receiving our first communion.

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My most favorite church in Manila. Great interiors and well-preserved exterior.

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