San Agustin Church and Museum
The accompanying San Agustin Museum is housed in the adjacent San Agustin Monastery, and exhibits art and artifacts from the Philippines, Spain, Mexico and other cultural centers. The original Augustinians arrived in the Philippines in 1565 just a few decades after Magellan explored the islands, meaning that the aforementioned museum is no slouch. Despite having been damaged by British forces in the 18th century, American forces in the 19th century, and the Japanese in the 20th, it’s in fine fettle (partially owing to a painstaking restoration effort undertaken in the 1970s). If you’re interested in local and regional history, you won’t want to miss it.
Entry into the Church of San Agustin is free. The museum charges 100 PHP for adults, 80 PHP for seniors, and 40 PHP for children. There are also discounts for college and high school students, so be sure to inquire about pricing upon your arrival. The websites for both attractions offer up-to-date listings of upcoming special events. San Agustin is located on General Luna Street, and is open 8am to noon and 1pm to 6pm daily.
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