Despite of being constructed in the 1571, the original Manila Cathedral was continuously destroyed by several disasters, including the earthquakes, the storms and the wars. The latest one was reconstructed after the original was destroyed by the Word War II.
The Cathedral of Manila was designed as the church in Latin-cross plan with transepts at the both sides and the apse at the rear. This kind of plan was very popular in European art. From the old photo, the belfry was originally detached from the main building. However, the modern one is attached to the main church. The dome of the cathedral is of the normal classic-styled dome. The octagonal drum is punctuated with series of double-windows and pilasters. The dome is decorated with the copper-sheet and the lantern is decorated on the top of the dome which are the normal style of the dome decoration in both Renaissance and Baroque art.