The Grandeur of San Sebastian Church

Quiapo is most commonly known for the church of the Black Nazarene. However, walking distance across the road is a church also worth visiting.

The church I am referring to is the San Sebastian Church. It is the shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel where the dungaw takes place during the Black Nazarene's Traslacion.  

It is a historic church and of unique construction since it was built from metals manufactured in Belgium. Most notable also is its architectural style.

The marker of San Sebastian Church.

The church's internal is resplendent with exquisite work of arts most notably the painting in the church ceiling made my fine arts students of the University of the Philippines. In addition to that, the main and side sanctuaries including the pulpit was ornately sculpted.  

The sanctuary of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

Side altar dedicated to St. Joseph.

The side altar of Infant Jesus.

The exquisite pulpit.

It also has elaborately crafted stained glass windows depicting biblical scenes. 

One of my curiosities for visiting this church is its material of construction and how the builder formed the metals into such ornate designs. Take for example the church's ceiling below. 

Ornately formed metal ceiling.

While the church is a place for spiritual activities, it is worth visiting for its architectural marvel, the only one of its kind.