PANGASINAN | The Old Dagupan Cathedral

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Old Dagupan Cathedral

Like a gem hidden behind the busy modern façade of Dagupan City, the old Dagupan Cathedral shines with its regal architecture. Resurrected from the ruins, it now towers as a testament to the city’s foregone era—before malls lined its streets, before concrete paved its highways.

Historical Marker at the Old Dagupan Cathedral

Even masked by a concrete veneer, one can clearly see the history behind the façade of Dagupan’s Neo-Classical Sanctuario de San Juan Evangelista.

According to historians, the original church along with its convent was burned down in 1660 by Andres Malong, a rebel during the Spanish era. The cathedral has been rebuilt and renovated numerous times since due to earthquakes and flood.

The New Metropolitan Cathedral in Dagupan

Before the old cathedral was rebuilt, a more modern church—the Dagupan Metropolitan Cathedral—was built at its back. For decades, this served as the Dagupeños house of worship before it was decided to renovate the old one.


Facade of the Old Dagupan Cathedral

Now the once mighty cathedral sits quietly at a backstreet, facing an old market rather than the town plaza. It is quite easy to miss especially if you’re really not looking for it. In fact, the only way we saw it was from the roof deck of the Hotel Le Duc, its belfry standing prominently against the city’s skyline.

Retablo of the Old Dagupan Cathedral

Inside the cathedral, its old splendor can be seen through its form with its pitched ceiling rising to great heights.

Unfortunately, the walls have all been painted, save for some bricks layering the base of the massive columns supporting the structure.


Inside the Old Dagupan Cathedral

Still, the old Dagupan Cathedral is still a sight to behold. A sanctuary for the city’s past, a worthy heritage find amidst the city’s bustling modernity. Take a break when in Dagupan and visit its old cathedral.

Inside the Old Dagupan Cathedral

The Old Dagupan Cathedral
Sanctuario de San Juan Evangelista
Address: Zamora Street, Downtown District, Dagupan City, Pangasinan
Contact Number: (075) 515-2387 ‎
GPS Coordinates Map: 16.042413, 120.335078


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