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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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  • This impressive church looks to me even bigger than the Santo Nino church and maybe as it is a cathedral it appears more grandiose. 
  • Only a block away, and a short walk, from the Basilica del Santo Nino, is the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral. It’s another building with a nice exterior but it didn’t strike me as being very special. The...  more »
  • 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. 
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  • The Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral is also known as the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Most Holy Name of Jesus and St. Vitales. The architecture of the church is typical of Spanish colonial. When the Spaniards landed in Cebu, this was one of the first churches in the Philippines (besides the Basilica del Santo Niño) to be built in 1565 by Miguel Lopez de Legazpi. During World War II, it suffered much Allied bombings. It was rebuilt and renovated several times since then. It is very close to the Basilica Santo Nino, Fort San Pedro and the Magellan's Cross. It is also close to the piers and Carbon Market.
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  • Great contrast to otherwise grey streets not far from here.
  • Good view...a landmark..
  • A building that is rich with its architectural feature and history