After the destruction of Intramuros in WWII, the San Agustin Church was the only building left intact . Built between 1587 and 1606, it is the oldest church in the Philippines. The massive facade conceals an ornate interior filled with objects of great historical and cultural merit. One of the notable features of this church is the intricate tromp l'oeilApo Islandb444f" face="Miller Daily, Georgia, Times, Times New Roman, serif"> frescoes on the vaulted ceiling. The present structure is actually the third to stand on the site and has weathered seven major earthquakes, as well as the Battle of Manila. It is an active church and much in demand for weddings and other ceremonies.
To see the interior of the church for free, visitors must visit during a mass or access it through the San Agustin Museum, a treasure house of antiquities that give the visitor tantalizing glimpses of the fabled riches of Old Manila. Check out the vaguely Chinese-looking Immaculate Conception statue in ethereal ivory.