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Basilica del Santo Nino, Cebu City

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Religious Site
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. With our world travel planner, Cebu City attractions like Basilica del Santo Nino can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • The Basilica is really old when it comes to its outside infratructure. Mainly you need to come here to oray and visit the Sto. Nino that Magellan brought to the Philippines. But I am not sure which St...  more »
  • I am always happy whenever I attend the 8:30am English mass here at Basilica. Arrive earlier than the start of the mass since (mass goers were everywhere) the numbers of chairs were limited. If you wa...  more »
  • Who is interested in the history of CEBU and the Philippines, for whom it is a "must visit". In particular, the participation of a fair and visit the small museum.
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  • The interior is so majestic and beautiful. Do wear long skirt or trouser if you plan to visit this place. No short or they will provide you with fabric to wrap around. :)
  • Well preserved spanish era church. Home to the original image of the Santo Niño.
  • Thanking God for another life and blessing He give to us
  • Great architecture, grand design for history buffs. They also have a museum within the grounds.
  • It feels like visiting the Spanish colonial era. It's just a walk away from Fort San Pedro, Colon Street and my hotel at the busy downtown streets of Cebu City. It's a must-visit for those who love feeling the touch of history.