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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  • Women must come with the covered legs. They lend you a kind of skirt to enter if you're in shorts or skirt. The Church was very nice and the surrounding area, worth square, the area with candles and candles always with people praying, very close to the cross of Magellan, independence square and the Fort of San Pedro. Magnificent historic centre.
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  • The Church is said to be one of the oldest in Cebu. Did time just in prayer behind the mustard kamimasenn, elephants in his old, stained-glass Windows was beautiful. Because any time is slowly next time.
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  • The family possessed one of the afore-mentioned in hot weather, even after taking a break for a while, the Cathedral, I honestly want to go ... Nowhere else is the weekday daytime hours in Catholic countries, the believers did quite a lot.
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  • From the outside you'll think that its just any old church but inside the church its so solemn. It is very rare that you can get to take photos inside since its always full with tourists and pilgrims. Thankful I got to take these photos.
  • 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.
  • it is calm but we can see good architectures. local people try christmas challenge. they go there every early moning for 9 days. because mass is held there then. they believe that if they visit completely, their dream come true.
  • One of the reasons for our Cebu vacation is to visit Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu and glad, we did! It's like living my youth once again, after not coming to Cebu for half a century. Its beauty and the positive vibe never changed.
  • One of the most beautiful churches I've been to in the Philippines. The relatively plain facade is in contrast to the interiors. Be sure to check the paintings along the hallways that surround the indoor garden. Full of people many times of the day. The Cebuanos' devotion to the Sto Niño is inspiring. rainbowjournal
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