Visita Basilica: Seven Minor Basilicas in the Philippines

Over the years, Visita Iglesia (known as the Seven Churches visitation) has evolved into a sort of road trip, complete with an itinerary. Some say that the Seven Churches Visitation is taken from the Book of Revelation, where an angel goes to seven ancient churches. Others insist that it is a nod to the Seven Last Words of Jesus.

However, there are those who would argue that the origins of the Visita Iglesia can be traced back to the 16th century, to St. Philip Neri who would hit the road during the Holy Week. He and his companions would visit seven basilicas in Rome, praying as they walked—and then praying some more once they reached each of the basilicas. If this sounds familiar, it’s because we’ve probably been taking our cue from St. Philip Neri all these years!

Ready for your trip? Buckle up, and let’s go!

Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

ADDRESS: Sto. Tomas, Intramuros, Manila, 1002 Metro Manila

 


Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene

ADDRESS: 363 Quezon Boulevard, Quiapo, 1001 Metro Manila

 


Basilica Menor de San Sebastian

ADDRESS: Plaza Del Carmen, Quiapo, Manila, 1101 Metro Manila

 


Minor Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag

ADDRESS: Milo Street, Manaoag, Pangasinan

 


Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Piat

ADDRESS: Basilica Minore of Our Lady of Piat Road, Piat, Cagayan Valley

 


Basilica Minore Del Sto. Niño de Cebu

ADDRESS: Osmeña Boulevard, Cebu City

 


Basilica of San Martin of Tours

Calle San Martin, Taal, Batangas

For more fun facts, photos, and travel tips, grab a copy of My Pope Philippines magazine’s March 2018 issue and check out the special feature on page 44! Text by Stephanie L. Jesena.
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