Monday, April 23, 2012

8 Great Churches of Intramuros: Lourdes Church

Front facade of the Lourdes Church


The Lourdes Church by the Order of Friars of the Capuchins was the last major church ever to be constructed inside the walls of Intramuros. The Capuchins are among the chief offshoots of the Franciscans and they were the last major religious Order to arrive in the Philippines. They introduced devotion to the Our Lady of Lourdes. Located along Calle de Palacio (later renamed, Calle General Luna), a chapel was first constructed in 1892 but the growing number of devotees felt the need to expand the church. Headed by Arch. Federico Soler, the new church was completed in 1897. The church was modern in orientation, a simplified version of Romanesque. The church was also very popular for weddings. Sadly, the Lourdes Church was severely damaged after the Liberation of Manila during World War II.  The church was not restored and in 1951, the Capuchin friars moved to its new home in Quezon City.




Interior of the Lourdes Church
Interior of the Lourdes Church
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Ruins of the Lourdes Church after the Liberation of Manila, 1945-46
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Today, the El Amanecer compound stands on the church's former site.

2 comments:

  1. why did the Religious Orders not rebuild all of their destroyed churches? :(

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  2. The church was rebuilt but in a different location, in Quezon City, where it still stands to this day.
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