Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, Cebu City

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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.
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  • June 9, 2017
    This church is not that busy and has this peaceful vibe compared to its neighbor church, Basilica del Santo Niño. English mass is conducted in the afternoon, the rest of the mass is conducted in Cebua...  more »
  • June 5, 2017
    When I was a child my family will always go to church either here at Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral or at Sto. Niño Church. The church facade is clearly old but the modern renovations can be clearly seen...  more »
  • May 22, 2017
    The Cathedral lies ahead of Santo Niño with eyes and nose. Building stout is admirable. In a gorgeous small altar on both sides, the main altar in the Center and are great. Near the entrance to statues of Saints of many, has become the object of adoration. Many people pray, I felt their hearts.
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  • July 18, 2017
    Beautiful church. Lot of people at the time so in a warm room with no air movement - just enough that you were melting. It was extremely HOT and uncomfortable even though it's raining outside.
  • July 11, 2017
    It's my second time here at Cebu but its the first time I had gone to this church. Its really worthy to be added on the it list of tourists going here.
  • June 3, 2017
    I love the structure of the church, the interior and specially the altar. I think the chairs need an upgrade and it's a bit hot inside. They should lots of electric fans.
  • July 15, 2017
    Historic and interesting architecture although the interiors have been renovated and modernized.
  • December 12, 2016
    The cathedral of the City of Cebu looks elegantly beautiful on the outside, and marvously grandous on the inside. Inside you will see its huge gold altar filled with the images of holy beings. The altar sparks with colors in contrast with its outside facade washed simply with white. Going to: from Colon Street ride a 02B Jeep that is heading to pier 1. Ask the driver to drop you off at the Cathedral. This church is part of my itinirary when I do a Heritage Walk in Cebu since it has been a part of Cebu's religious and cultural history.

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