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Former site of the Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas

The school was established by the friars of the Order of the Preachers as the Colegio de Santo Tomas de Nuestra Señora de Santissimo Rosario in 1611.

In 1645, It was raised to the status of a university by Pope Innocent X.

The university was graced with the following titles: “Royal” by King Charles III of Spain, 1785; “Pontifical” by Pope Leo XIII, 1902; and “Catholic University of the Philippines”by Pope Pius XII, 1947.

The library of the University of Santo Tomas in 1887. The library was first mentioned in 1605 in the will of Archbishop Miguel de Benavides, the acknowledged founder of the university. Photo from the Biblioteca Nacional de Espana.
The library of the University of Santo Tomas in 1887. The library was first mentioned in 1605 in the will of Archbishop Miguel de Benavides, the acknowledged founder of the university. Photo from the Biblioteca Nacional de Espana.

It was destroyed during the Second World War. It moved out of Intramuros in 1945 to Sampaloc, Manila, where its present campus now stands.

The office building that occupies the site was constructed in the 1960s.

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