Basilica del Santo Nino, Cebu City

Admire the oldest Christian image in the Philippines, and pay tribute to a revered patron saint of Cebu City at Basilica del Santo Nino, the oldest Roman Catholic church in the country. Founded in 1565 and originally built from wood, the church houses a 30 cm (12 in) tall statue of Jesus as a child, adorned in fantastic luxurious robes and presented to a local queen by Magellan as a baptismal gift. A cradle of Christianity in the East recognized by the Pope in 1965, the church, ruined three times in fires, has been restored, and also survived a recent earthquake. Thousands of visitors come here to see the wooden figure of baby Jesus made by Flemish artists. Make Basilica del Santo Nino a part of your Cebu City vacation plans using our Cebu City online sightseeing planner .
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  • This was the original sto. nino basilica and you will experience the holiness of the place. Secured area and you can pray, and express your faith in god in silence, taking pictures and near to magella...  more »
  • The area outside is very busy. Once you are inside, less so. The basilica is huge and a must see for the history. We were warned by our guide about pick pockets in the area so be careful  more »
  • Amazing church with a lot of people daily. The church was awesome and was well maintained. There were lots of devotees!  more »
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  • A must see place when visiting Cebu City because of its cultural and historical significance. It houses the most revered statue of the child Jesus in the Philippines.
  • This church is the shrine of the first Christian image brought to the Philippines, the Sto. Niño. Pope Paul VI elevated this church to Basilica status in 1965, the only Basilica of the Philippines outside of Luzon. The retablo is one of the grandest I have ever seen. The belfry was damaged by eartquake in 2013 but has since been restored.
  • This place is the rockstar here in Cebu City. Cant imagine how many people flock here everyday especially in Sinulog happening every January. Whenever I'm around downtown area, I never forget to drop by this place to offer a candle and a prayer of thanksgiving and guidance to Sto. Niño. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED PLACE 👍
  • I always visited this place every friday for my devotion to senior sto.ninyo
  • Beautiful church. The grounds are immaculate and the people are friendly.

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The most popular place to stay in Cebu City remains uptown, particularly around the university district near Junquera Street station. Here you'll find a good range of hotels, hostels, and guesthouses of varying quality, but with a well-established base level representing value for money. Further north, look along Dalan Osmena to find a good number of standard and luxury hotels located north and south of the roundabout. The downtown area has more closely knitted streets, with just a few guesthouses located along primarily residential roads.
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