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Basilica del Santo Nino, Cebu City

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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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  • Republic of the Philippines country itself Catholic believers, many feel the Catholic culture all over the place where the Cathedral in Santo Nino this was a lot of these places where tourist attractions during the La area is noisy but not is quiet and surrounded by the word of the Lord in mind will be featured once the peace!
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  • The church is centuries old and very well kept (although the bell tower was destroyed during the 2013 earthquake and later restored). Go to the front left side of the church to find the image of Sto. ...  more »
  • This place is crowded on Sundays since that's when the people usually attend the mass services. Sometimes, Fridays have lots of people as well. 
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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.