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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  • A definitely must see when visiting Cebu. The Basilica of El Santo Niño de Cebu offers a invaluable opportunity to grasp an idea of Philippines' faith, very rooted in Catholic tradition. From younger age to seniors, lots of people praying and visiting the church. If you are driving, it might be a bit difficult to find parking, but locals are more than happy to help. It is also common to find children asking for some pesos and ladies selling candles. The sacred image is the only remaining one from the three brought firstly by the Spaniards. A nice place to observe, and reflect!
  • A very beautiful church with rich history background. Proper dress (no mini skirts and short shorts) is observed here. It is surrounded by several souvenir shops. Parking is a little bit challenging here specially during church service (mass times). This is also a few steps away to the famous Magellan's cross.
  • Considered to be the oldest church in Cebu, this is a minor basilica and is ranked pretty high amongst the hundreds of Catholic churches in the Philippines. A lot of devout come here to worship and you'll find people rubbing their handkerchiefs against the statues of saints. There is a Hall with many paintings depicting the many highlights of the Catholic Church.
  • Short skirts and the likes are not allowed here. No taking of pictures too. Let's keep this place sacred, not just a tourist spot. A place to pray sincerely and to give thanks to the above.
  • Even if I live in another country now, I always make it a point to stop by Santo Niño on every trip home. Witnessed our Family sponsor the Santo Niño's garments being changed for the year several times as I was growing up. I was also blessed to have offered him flowers at the bottom of his feet during several fluvials. He is adored by countless devotees myself being one of them. Thankful that we have this history in my hometown. The candle offering or sinulog as called in the vernacular is part of my visit every time.
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