San Sebastian Church - The only all-steel church or basilica in Asia and claimed as the only prefabricated steel church in the world.
The Basílica Menor de San Sebastián, better known as San Sebastian Church, is a Roman Catholic minor basilica in Manila, Philippines, and the seat of the Parish of San Sebastian.
Completed in 1891, San Sebastian Church is noted for its architectural features. An example of the revival of Gothic architecture in the Philippines.
San Sebastian Church has two openwork towers and steel vaulting. From its floor, the basilica's nave rises 12 meters to the dome and 32 meters to the tip of the twin spires.
The faux-finished interior of the church incorporates groined vaults in the Gothic architecture style permitting very ample illumination from lateral windows. The steel columns, walls, and ceiling were painted by Lorenzo Rocha, Isabelo Tampingco, and Félix Martínez to give the appearance of marble and Jasper. Trompe l'oeil paintings of saints and martyrs by Rocha were used to decorate the interiors of the church.
True to the Gothic revival spirit of the church are its confessionals, pulpit, altars and five retablos designed by Lorenzo Guerrero and Rocha. The sculptor Eusebio Garcia carved the statues of holy men and women. Six holy water fonts were constructed for the church, each crafted from marble obtained from Romblon.
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