Escalera Principal Intramuros

Having read Neal Stephenson’s Cryptonomicon prior to visiting Manila I was interested in seeing many of the places mentioned. A particularly memorable location is the staircase at the Church of San Augustin, where Glory told Bobby the granite steps were quarried in Mexico and used as ballast. Although the granite was really quarried in China the staircase is no less impressive.

The staircase is located within the San Agustin Museum, a surprisingly large complex. Using tripods is not allowed in the museum so it was handheld only. It’s quite dark inside the building so I used a wall to steady myself.

In the San Agustin Church museum a massive staircase of Chinese granite leads to the monastery and choir-loft.

In the San Agustin Church museum a massive staircase of Chinese granite leads to the monastery and choir-loft.