CORO (Choir Loft) at San Agustin Church

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© Mayette Ignacio
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UploadedFebruary 8, 2009
TakenDecember 16, 2008
Exposure1/4 sec at f/4
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Focal Length20 mm
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It is known as the Church of St Paul and was originally built in 1571 as the first church of the Agustinian Order. Now the first disaster occurred in 1574 when Chinese pirates destroyed it. Then in the next twelve years it had a problem with fire and was burnt to the ground twice, in 1583 and again in 1586.

It was then decided to rebuild the San Agustin Church in stone. The rebuilding started in 1587 and took to 1604 to be completed. It survived the earthquakes of 1645, 1754, 1863 and 1880, not a bad effort. The San Agustin Church Manila was ransacked by the British in 1762 and was damaged during the battle of Manila at the end of World War II in 1945.

In the choir loft are the seats or benches for the choir. All 68 were hand carved from Molave with Narra inlaids which is a tropical hardwood in the 17th century.

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  • Michael Ball

    Michael Ball gave props (8 Feb 2009):

    Wow, what history!! Great history lesson! Beautiful shot!! Thanks for sharing!!

  • Lesley S

    Lesley S (Deleted) gave props (8 Feb 2009):

    I bet the acoustics are incredible. Great shot!

  • Nelson Campbell

    Nelson Campbell (Deleted) gave props (8 Feb 2009):

    Cool angle, beautiful organ.

  • Gail Anderson

    Gail Anderson gave props (8 Feb 2009):

    oh Mayette! great angle on this and wow, the details you're showing are great!

  • Lynn H

    Lynn H (Deleted) gave props (8 Feb 2009):

    That is just gorgeous! Such details!!!

  • Jim Hart

    Jim Hart gave props (8 Feb 2009):

    great shots, mayette!

  • Maurie A

    Maurie A gave props (8 Feb 2009):

    Thanks for the history behind this amazing church!!!

  • david ong

    david ong gave props (8 Feb 2009):

    wow! awesome shot and description May!!

  • Sherry

    Sherry gave props (8 Feb 2009):

    Sounds like it is meant to stay! What an interesting place

  • Oregon Curly

    Oregon Curly (Deleted) gave props (8 Feb 2009):

    Stunning shot of a marvelous Church. Thanks so much for the background information, it is very interesting.

  • Judy Wanamaker

    Judy Wanamaker (Deleted) gave props (10 Feb 2009):

    What an amazing history to go with this magnificent structure. I hope it lasts until the end of time.

  • Warren ~Mangione~

    Warren ~Mangione~ gave props (10 Feb 2009):

    A true marvel of artistic construction! So much history is awe inspiring. Nicely done, Mayette.

  • Jean Pierre Vacherot

    Jean Pierre Vacherot (Deleted) gave props (11 Feb 2009):


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