It is also known as the Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Parish, or simply the Binondo Church. It was built in 1596 by Dominican priests to serve their Chinese converts to Christianity. It was consecrated as a minor basilica in 1956.
Its octagonal five-tier bell tower is an indication of its Chinese-influenced architecture. The altar is loosely modeled after the one in St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican.
The Church is dedicated to Saint Lorenzo Ruiz, a Christian martyr and the first Filipino to be canonized. He served in this church as an altar boy. More info on the devotion to San Lorenzo Ruiz here.
The church is located in a very busy and crowded area. If you’re coming for a leisurely visit, it’s best to catch the noon mass on a weekday. More info on the mass schedule here.
An image of the Blessed Virgin Mary at the plaza outside the church.
Location: Plaza Lorenzo Ruiz, Binondo, Manila