The church’s exteriors are also noticeable because of their blueish color. (Image: San Sebastian Basilica Conservation and Development Foundation, Inc. Facebook Page)
Also just within the Quiapo area is San Sebastian Church
. The church, which was built in 1891, is known for its neo-gothic style architecture. There was even a rumor that Gustave Eiffel, the architect who designed the Eiffel tower and the Statue of Liberty, helped in designing and building the church.
The church gained its minor basilica status in 1890 through Pope Leo XIII and it was consecrated by Bernardino Nozaleda y Villa OP, the 25th Archbishop of Manila. In 1973, it was declared as a National Historical Landmark by President Ferdinand Marcos. Later on, the church was declared as a National Cultural Treasure by the National Museum of the Philippines in 2011.