Nuestra Senora de Gracia Church
Nestled in a not so glamorous part of Makati is a 400 year old church which has become a favorite church wedding venue option for many Manileñans. The antique church is easy to miss as it is located off Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) somewhere on a hilly street at the back of the big billboard in Guadalupe Bridge. Coming from the north of EDSA, take a right turn on Bernardino Street where Loyola Memorial Home is situated. Coming from south of EDSA, take the road down going to Pateros then left turn on J.P. Rizal then up left to get you to northbound EDSA.
As you drive down the narrow street of Bernardino you will be greeted by a length of street dedicated to being the play area, bath area and general ‘hang-out’ place of the people living along the street. Drive on and watch for the sign to your right for Nuestra Señora de Gracia Church.
It is hard to imagine that such a historical Renaissance-Baroque church is located in the vicinity. The church was formerly called Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe and was founded by Augustinian fathers in 1601. The church was dedicated to Our Lady of Guadalupe in 1603. The construction of the church was done in 1629 with its architecture reminiscent of late Spanish Renaissance and early Baroque architecture. The main entrance has the usual rose window and simple Doric columns of the Renaissance period, but the details on the window and interior are simply Baroque-influenced. The architecture is a hodgepodge of details including the fact that the church’s floor plan is typically Romanesque and not Renaissance.
The reason for this could have been the fact that the church was rebuilt in parts in 1882 because its roof collapsed due to earthquake, and again in 1894 when it was partly burnt in a skirmish between the Filipinos and the Americans.
When in Makati, one should not miss to visit the very historical Nuestra Señora de Gracia Church.
Nuestra Senor de Gracia Videos:
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