via Business World, 07 April 2020: Another group of sites for the virtual Southeast Asian Archaeology collection. This week is Holy Week for Christians in the run up to Easter on Sunday, and in the Philippines it is a practice to visit many different churches on Thursday. Since this is not possible in the time of Covid-19, here is a list of churches you can visit virtually using Google Street View. Many of these churches are several hundreds of years old, like the Manila Cathedral of Intramuros and the St Gregory the Great Parish which was built in 1571.
As the Luzon-wide community quarantine made Visita Iglesia, or the tradition of visiting seven churches on Maundy Thursday, physically impossible, Google announced that Catholics who still want to visit churches may do so virtually as Google Maps provides a 360-degree view of select churches nationwide.
“This Holy Week, people can virtually visit historical churches from the safety of their own homes through Google Maps. It has a useful feature called Street View that provides a 360-degree view of destinations so users can explore churches as if they are there,” Google Philippines said in a statement.