St. Gregory the Great Cathedral


Known as one of the oldest Roman Catholic Churches in the Philippines, the St. Gregory the Great Cathedral features itself as one of the tourist attractions and one the most prominent landmarks in the Old Albay District of Legazpi. It is located nearby Peñaranda Park, Legazpi City Hall and Provincial Capitol in the province of Albay.

The Cathedral of St. Gregory the Great is also known locally as the Cathedral of San Gregorio Magno and Albay Cathedral. It is the Episcopal Seat of the Diocese of Legazpi and it is one of the massive churches found in the City where one can have a good view of Mt. Mayon Volcano on a clear day.

The first church was a wooden chapel developed by early Spanish missionaries who moved into town in 1580s. There were unnoted renovations and reconstructions until 1754 when the church was ruined and buried during the eruption of Mayon Volcano.

St. Gregory the Great Cathedral

St. Gregory the Great Cathedral

Another notable church construction happened in 1834 through the kindness of Pedro Romero. In 1951 the church was elevated to become a cathedral when the Episcopal Seat of the Diocese of Legaspi was established. Its facade has a semicircular arched main entrance with portico, flanked by niches and coupled columns on pedestals supporting the triangular pediments. In 2001, during the golden jubilee of the church, a gate with monolithic pillars and arch was constructed.

Canonically installed in December 10, 2009, Bishop Joel Zamudio Baylon serves as the 6th and current bishop of the Diocese of Legazpi. For its nominal patron, it has Our Lady Mother of Salvation. Its secondary patron is St. Gregory the Great.

Comprising of 1.19 million population (97 percent are Catholics), the Diocese of Legazpi is one of the largest bishopric in the Philippines.

How to get there

The St. Gregory the Great Cathedral is a known landmark in Legazpi City. It is easily accessible from all points of the city and most jeepneys ply along Rizal Avenue where the church is located. It is about 2 kilometers from Legazpi Airport or about a short 8 minutes ride by tricycle (P15).

The Altar, during a wedding

The Altar, during a wedding

Cathedral Gate

Cathedral Gate

Ceiling Design

Ceiling Design

Church Interior

Church Interior

Diocesan Museum

Diocesan Museum

Lisa and Sam at Albay Cathedral

Lisa and Sam at Albay Cathedral

Mark, Lisa and Sam at St Gregory Cathedral

Mark, Lisa and Sam at St Gregory Cathedral

Remembrance during Pope John Paul II visit to Legaspi

Remembrance during Pope John Paul II visit to Legaspi

Cathedral of San Gregorio Magno - Right side

Cathedral of San Gregorio Magno - Right side


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  1. Cornelio Contreras says:

    Me and Lito Vibar served as assistant acolyte in St. Gregory the Great Cathedral. Bishop was Falaviano Ariola, Parish Priest: Father Sanchez. Senior Acolyte:Pedro Arcilla.

  2. roel cadorna says:

    Hello Noel Perdigon,

    Thanks for the information. Really appreciated it.

    Godspeed,

    Roel

  3. roel cadorna says:

    Hello Mark,

    I have been there in St. Gregory the Great, maybe you know the name of the Image of the Blessed Virgin Mary carrying the baby Jesus on one hand and the other holding another child’s hand. It is located at the left side if you are facing the altar. Maybe you can be of some help.

    Thanks,

    Roel

    • Noel Perdigon says:

      Roel, the name of the image you are referring to is Nuestra Señora de Salvacion (Our Lady of Salvation), Diocesan Patroness of Legazpi City (the whole of Albay). She is also known in Cainta and Loon, Bohol as Our Lady of Light. The same image is venerated in the Cathedral of Leon in Guanajuato, Mexico as La Santisima Madre de la Luz (The Most Holy Mother of the Light).

  4. James Durbin says:

    Wonderful shots Mark! Idol talaga kita… Your work is simply the best…

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