The Black Nazarene


The Black Nazarene image in Quiapo is a life-sized statue of Jesus Christ in a semi-kneeling position, bearing a cross. It is clad in a (dark) red robe with gold patterns.

The Black Nazarene image is said to be the work of an unknown Mexican artist.

The Black Nazarene has been in the country for a little over 400 years. It was entrusted to a Recollect priest and was brought to Manila from Mexico onboard a galleon in the early 1600s (the first group of Recollect friars arrived in the country in 1606, so the statue could have been with them on that year or a few years later). The ship caught fire at some point during the voyage, damaging the image and causing its dark brown color to turn even darker.

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