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THE CHURCH

Ú Officially known as
BASILICA MINORE
DEL NUESTRO SENIOR
DEL NAZARENO
[Minor Basilica of the
Black Nazarene]
Ú Also known as St.
John the Baptist
Church
HISTORY
Ú Governor General Santiago de
Vera- founded the district of
Quiapo [August 26, 1586]
Ú Franciscan missionaries built
the first church of Quiapo with
bamboo and nipa
Ú San Pedro Bautista- one of
the founders of the church
Ú The miraculous Black
Nazarene was brought by
Agustinian Recollect Friars
from Mexico to Manila [May
31, 1606]
HISTORY
Ú The church was destroyed by great
fires of 1791, and catastrophic
earthquakes of 1645 and 1863.
Ú Seculars handled the repairs and
rebuilding of succeeding
structures.
Ú Stone reconstructions of the
church followed in 1899, but this
Mexican Baroque structure burned
down in 1928
Ú In 1928, another fire damaged the
building, and it was rebuilt by arch.
Juan Nakpil
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Ú To meet the needs of an ever-increasing


number of churchgoers, Msgr. Jose
Abriol, together with Architect Jose Ma.
Zaragoza and Engr. Eduardo Santiago,
worked hard in 1984 to have the parish
church and national shrine remolded
Ú Thus this sacred edifice has doubled in
holding capacity and has acquired a
most sturdy columnless structure and
modern architectural beauty
Ú Cardinal Sin blessed it on September 28,
1987
Ú The year after, Quiapo Church was
declared the Minor Basilica of the Black
Nazarene. The Papal Nuncio, Most Rev.
Bruno Torpigliani, blessed the altar of
San Lorenzo Ruiz on February 1, 1988
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