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 is the place where you can relax your mind and be thankful everyday, The history of Cebu is preserved in this church. It is just along the road so very accessible if you want to know some of the ...  more »
  • Small but still has that “oldie but goodie” kinda look. It is nothing extravagant but good enough. We wanted to tour this place because I was wearing short sleeve :/ Otherwise, I’ve seen other basilic...  more »
  • Good for soul searching. Well worth it to go there and be with yourself. Also good to go on this time. Not as crowded.  more »
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  • The architecture, the statues of saints, and overall design of this basilica are beautiful! Take a moment to soak it in. Sit in the pews even if you’re not Catholic. Look for the pagan gargoyles guarding the doors of the church. Respect the centuries of culture and beliefs held by this place. In the church grounds, there’s plenty more to experience such as lighting of candles and visiting Magellan’s cross. Taking of photos isn’t allowed during mass.
  • Went here during the sinulog feast. Experienced the Hubo Mass at 4 in the morning. The place is very spacious, accommodated at least a thousand of the devotees. Very good spiritual experience.
  • As a place of worship, i love going to the Basilica to visit, pray, and attend the holy mass with my family. The entire place is clean and safe to bring your children. One thing that annoys me though are the vendors who will pin their items on you and will force you to buy them.
  • I’m not Roman Catholic, but I really appreciate the beauty and architecture of this place. I was able witness the mass outside during my stay. There were a lot of candle vendors outside offering their service to pray for you in exchange of buying their candles.
  • It's one of the old churches of the city. Amazing church and its devotees. You should visit it if you're traveling in Cebu.

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