Visited San Sebastián Church and the nearby Nakpil-Bautista house with a group of friends and acquaintances.
Personally I was excited but what I saw blew my mind and exceeded expectations. It is a very beautiful church, the first and only one built with steel in the Philippines in 1891. On the outside it’s clear that the church is built with steel. On the inside however, it looked like a well built stone church. The surface treatment and religious paintings painted by about 500 local artists back in the 1800s were sublime. They transformed a steel structure into one that looked like stone.
The visit was made more significant and memorable due to our excellent guide, who patiently explained the church’s history and current efforts to conserve the church. Sadly, time and corrosion is beginning to take its toll. We even got a behind the scenes look of the “interior” steel superstructure of the church, and its bell towers.
This place is definitely worth a visit for history buffs and those who appreciate beautiful churches / architecture. More