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Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, Cebu City
Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
The Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, also as The Metropolitan Cathedral of the Most Holy Name of Jesus and of St. Vitales (consecrated to the blessed name of Jesus and dedicated to the saint), or The Metropolitan Cathedral of St. Vitales is the ecclesiastical seat of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Cebu in Cebu, Philippines. Cebu was established as a diocese on August 14, 1595. It was elevated as a metropolitan archdiocese on April 28, 1934 with the dioceses of Dumaguete, Maasin, Tagbilaran, and Talibon as suffragans. Before being raised as a primatial church in Cebu, the temple was one of the first churches in the Philippines (besides the Basilica del Santo Niño) dedicated to St. Vitales and built near the fort in April of 1565 by Miguel Lopez de Legazpi and Fray Andrés de Urdaneta.Construction of the cathedral took many years due to frequent interruptions, brought about by lack of funds and other unexpected events. At one time, funds meant for the building of the cathedral were diverted to the Moro wars. The death of an incumbent bishop who spearheaded the construction/reconstruction and vacancies in the office were also factors.The architecture of the church is typical of Spanish colonial churches in the country, namely, squat and with thick walls to withstand typhoons and other natural calamities. The facade features a trefoil-shaped pediment, which is decorated with carved relieves of floral motifs, an IHS inscription and a pair of griffins. The Spanish Royal Coat of Arms is emblazoned in low relief above the main entrance, reflecting perhaps the contribution of the Spanish monarch to its construction.Make Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral part of your personalized Cebu City itinerary using our Cebu City trip generator.
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Since this is a Catholic country it was nice to see one of their older churches. Very old and spiritual, worth the walk if you want to spend a bit of time seeing the local folks.
i experience the visit of the Gregorian choir here . .i was not expecting that they are a choir the people around there i thought was a tourist like me,. . . few minutes i see them all singing . .and ... read more »
We went there around 5:30 pm, its almost dark and we really wanted to take a photo with the church as the background. When we set the camera up we thought that it captured our photo but surprisingly i... read more »
Great contrast to otherwise grey streets not far from here.
Christian paul roa
Golden and So sacred...
unforgettable church visit
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