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Sta. Ana Church - Manila
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Our Lady of Abandoned Church

Santa Ana, Manila

1578

 

The Church of Santa Ana stands on the site of the first Franciscan mission establidhed outside Manila in 1578.  The church was built under the supervision of Fr. Vicente Ingles, OFM. The  cornerstone of the present church was laid on September 12, 1720 by Francisco dela Cuesta, then Archbishop of Manila and Acting Governor General of the Philippines.

 

On October 1966, the inner patio and surrounding areas of this centuries-old church were excavated by the archaeologist team of the National Museum headed by Doctor Robert Fox.  The  project yielded rich materials on pre-Spanish Manila.  The oldest artifact found in the inner patio of Santa Ana Church dates back to the late 11th century A.D. – a beautiful blue and white Chinese bowl with floral designs.  The rest are potteries and Chinese artifacts which date back to the 12th and 13th centuries A.D.

 

From the cover story: The Philamlife Magazine – vol. xv.#2. March-April 1967 issue.

 

PRE-SPANISH MANILA THROUGH ARCHAEOLOGY

THE SANTA ANA EXCAVATION

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THE PICTURES AND ARTICLES ABOUT "THE PRE-SPANISH MANILA THROUGH ARCHAEOLOGY" WERE TAKEN FROM " THE PHILAMLIFE MAGAZINE VOL. XV. NO.2.MARCH - APRIL 1967, PAGES 4-11

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