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Quezon Memorial Shrine
 
 
Quezon City was founded by and named after Manuel L. Quezon, the president of the Commonwealth of the Philippines. What more other structure then, would best grace its skyline than a monument to its founder and namesake? At the heart of the city stands the Quezon Memorial Shrine, which serves as the final resting place of one of the country's greatest leaders.
 
The shrine as viewed from the south-east, showing the entrance to the museum.
The shrine as viewed from the south-east, showing the entrance to the museum.
 
The Quezon Memorial Shrine can be found inside the Quezon Memorial Circle, a site originally intended for the construction of a national capitol. The advent of the Second World War effectively ended the plan and the area was instead set aside for a monument to Quezon. A national design contest was held for the monument and the winning entry was that of Federico S. Ilustre.
 
The angels atop the shrine.
The angels atop the shrine.
 
The structure rests on a base in the shape of an equilateral triangle measuring 50 meters on each side. From the center rises three pylons representing the three main island groups of the Philippines- Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. The pylons rise up to a height of 66 meters. Quezon was aged 66 when he died. Atop each pylon rests a statue of a mourning angel holding a wreath of sampaguita, the national flower of the Philippines.
 
Bas reliefs on the sides of the shrine.
Bas reliefs on the sides of the shrine.
 
Part of the structure is made out of Carrara marble. The sides of the base are lined with bas reliefs depicting significant events in Quezon's life, as well as in Philippine history. Inside is a museum where a number of the late president's memorabilia are on display.
 
The interior of the museum.
The interior of the museum.
 
At the very center of the shrine lies the sarcophagus containing Quezon's remains. He was reinterred there in 1979. It is lit from above by an oculus located in between the pylons.
 
Quezon's sarcophagus.
Quezon's sarcophagus.
 
The establishment of the Commonwealth of the Philippines is watershed in the country's history. And the man who led the nation through this crucial phase deserves a place in every Filipino's memory. The Quezon Memorial Shrine serves as an prominent reminder of the great man who rests within it.
 
 
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