These are the San Agustin Church & Museum Photos I took during my last visit. I took so many photos that I just had to show some more. The photos of the San Agustin Church & Museum never seem to do it any justice, but at least it will give you a better visual idea of what the San Agustin Church & Museum is like.
Whilst I was there a wedding was in progress in the San Agustin Church, so I was unable to take photos from the inside ground level of the church, which was a bit disappointing but the upside was watching a Filipino Wedding. I was able to capture some photos of the wedding from the Choirloft.
The car park is directly in front of the entrances to both the church and museum, so be watchful of cars jostling for a space to park.
Photo 1 - San Agustin Church & Museum - Bell Tower
This photo was taken from inside the courtyard. You can clearly see the bell inside the bell tower. On the other side of the bell tower as you can see it in the photo is the entrance to both the San Agustin Church & Museum.
If you have a look at the page on San Agustin Museum, you will see a photo of the original tower bell, a huge differnece in sizes.
Photo 2 - San Agustin Church & Museum - Wedding
As I was unable to wonder through the church because of the wedding, I did get some photos from the Choirloft on the upper floor of the San Agustin Museum. I think the San Agustin Church looks better with activity, it comes to life.
So I was not too disappointed I could not gain access. It is not every day you can see a Filipino Wedding at the San Agustin Church.
Photo 3 - San Agustin Church & Museum - Leadlight Window
This photo of the leadlight window was also taken in the Choirloft.
You can see the murals on the ceiling, these murals cover the entire church, walls to ceiling, the craftsmanship is amazing.
This leadlight window allows light to enter from the front of the church, if you look at the photo of the main entrance to the church here, you can see the circular window highup on the church under the cross on the apex. It will give you an idea of where I was when I took the photo.
Photo 4 - San Agustin Church & Museum - Crypt
This is a photo inside the Crypt. This is the smaller section, behind where I have taken the photo from is another room, which is quite large. It use to be the Refactory, where the priests had there meals.
The entire room was converted into a crypt or cemetery for the Augustinians in 1932.
Photo 5 - San Agustin Church & Museum - Ground Floor Hallway
The San Agustin Museum is made entirely of brick and stone, it is a welcome relief to the humidity and heat outside. Here you can see the stone brick work on the ceiling, walls and tiles on the floor of this ground floor hallway.
The oil paintings on the walls you can see were painted by Filpino artisits in the early 20th Century.
The museum is a favourite of students doing research.
Photo 6 - San Agustin Church & Museum - Courtyard
In the centre of the San Agustin Museum is this courtyard. It is lush and green and as a centre piece in the middle is a small fountain.
I must admit when I first walked into the San Agustin Church & Museum, this was probably the last thing I expected to see, Manila is such a busy city that this little scene was quite unexpected.
Photo 7 - San Agustin Church & Museum - Church Dome
You can see the detail of the work that has gone into the competion of the Church Dome. It is more the actaul detail that impresses me more than anything else.
This dome is directly above the stairwell that takes you from the ground to first floor of the
San Agustin Museum. The walls of the main staircase have paitings from the 18th and 19th Century. You can just see one on the right of the photo.
Photo 8 - San Agustin Church & Museum - Father Blanco's Garden
This photo is looking from upstairs in the San Agustin Museum and overlooks Father Blanco's Garden.
Father Blanco was a Botanist who experimented with plants native to the Philippines, searching for cures to ailments and discovering which plants may have medicinal properties.
The garden shown is not Father Blanco's original, as it was destroyed in 1945.
Now if you want more information on San Agustin Church, have a look here. Information on San Agustin Museum can be found here.
The San Agustin Church & Museum can be located in Intramuros, which is well worth a look, there is a tonne of interesting things to look at and discover.