Naga Metropolitan Cathedral - Camarines Sur

Naga Metropolitan Cathedral is one of the numerous religious establishments in the Pilgrimage City of Naga. It is located in Jacob, Naga City in the province of Camarines Sur, Philippines

Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist
Naga Metropolitan Cathedral

Naga Metropolitan Cathedral History

Naga Metropolitan Cathedral is also known as the Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist or informally as Naga Cathedral. The cathedral was constructed in 1575 but was finished four years later in 1579. It has a Spanish-Romanesque style. It has a high arch entrance with two symmetrical belfries on both sides. The sidewalls, on the other hand, are supported by four massive flying buttresses to counter the effects of earthquakes. 

Naga Metropolitan Cathedral - Naga City, Camarines Sur

The rotunda in front of the Naga Metropolitan Cathedral

Check out those beautiful stained glass ceilings of the rotunda 

The Porta Mariae in front of the cathedral

The Holy Rosary Minor Seminary found beside the cathedral

However, despite all these preventive measures, Naga Metropolitan Cathedral still sustained heavy damages in 1856 due to a strong typhoon. It was also heavily damaged during the 1887 earthquake. The cathedral was repaired in 1890 and was restored under the supervision of Fr. San Andres in 1987.

The seal above the cathedral door 

Naga Metropolitan Cathedral facade

The enormous cathedral doors

The seal of the cathedral found near its entrance

The interior of Naga Metropolitan Cathedral

The beautiful main retablo

The paintings above the altar

The left retablo of Naga Metropolitan Cathedral

One of the stained glass windows of Naga Metropolitan Cathedral

I came to visit Naga Metropolitan Cathedral for the first time during our 2014 Bicol Road Trip. On the first leg of our trip, we stayed in Nagaland Hotel which is just a few meters away from the cathedral. To be honest it was not the facade that caught my attention. It was the Porta Mariae that struck me. It reminded me of the Arc de Triomphe de l'Etoile in France.

Naga Metropolitan Cathedral Admission Fee

It's FREE to enter and explore Naga Metropolitan Cathedral and its grounds.

Naga Metropolitan Cathedral Mass Schedule

Naga Metropolitan Cathedral Mass Schedule 2020

Getting to Naga Metropolitan Cathedral:

From Manila, ride a bus heading to Naga City
. From there ride a tricycle going to Naga Metropolitan Cathedral.


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  1. The cathedral is great!
    Similar to the famous cathedrals in Europe, but this is the mini version.
    The mural art and stained glass i really beautiful.

    But the interesting one is:
    There's a structure above The Porta Mariae which resemblance to the all-seeing eye.

    _"It's not just about the destination, but the journey"_

    1. Thank you so much for your nice comment!

      Great blog by the way! More power!


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