1730 Jesuit House

Attraction Zulueta Street, Cebu City, Philippines Published on: 13-11-2015

1 hour
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
03:30 PM
04:30 PM
First-time visit
Attraction
Cultural
Historic
Must see
Kids
Architecture
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The Museo De Parian is possibly one of the oldest houses in the country and was built centuries ago, supposedly during the same century when Yap-Sandiego was constructed. Walking in the house will give yu a feeling of walking in the 18th century. This place no doubt looks simple from the outside but inside you will really get the feeling of an historical place. 1730 Jesuit House

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Why 1730 Jesuit House is special ?

1730 Jesuit House is tucked behind high contemporary concrete walls right in the heart of the Parian district in Cebu City, the Jesuit House is an 18th century house that has been remarkably preserved throughout the years. It is very much hidden from public view so that only a very few, mostly history buffs, knew of its existence and origin. It has survived different transformations from being the residence of a religious community to a hardware store and warehouse. Not until the present owners converted it into a museum last year has the house slowly entered into the consciousness of the locals and into the pages of local tourist guide books and websites.


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What to explore at 1730 Jesuit House?

The house is actually made up of a bigger main structure of two-levels and another smaller one also of two-levels, both connected by a covered walkway or bridge. The bigger structure is made up of hewn stones on both levels and still has the original clay tile roof with a pagoda-like design, owing to the influence of the Chinese community that used to flourish in the area before. The smaller structure is a bipartite structure of hewn stone in the first level and hardwood in the second. As in most stone and wood houses built in the Philippines during the Spanish colonial era, the ground level of both structures that made up the residence may have functioned well as a storage area for supplies and other things.

The interior of the house is pretty much contemporary since it underwent a lot of transformations throughout the years. However, it’s worth noting some parts such as the alternating planks of dark and light shades of hardwood flooring which is still the original, the carved decorative corbels that support the ceiling and the stout posts made from the trunks of trees which support the structure of the house and the roofing. In a particular spot that goes to the covered walkway, a carved relief in one of the walls bears the year 1730.

Restoration of the house is currently ongoing. Visitors however may set an appointment to visit anytime from Mondays to Saturdays. The owner has furnished the interiors with antique furnishings from his collection in an attempt to bring back the old look of the house. An architect is also directing the restoration works. Once everything is complete and is put into place, the house will surely shine as one of the hidden gems in the city that’s worth a visit.

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How to get to 1730 Jesuit House?

Locating the house is relatively easy. From the popular Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño de Cebu, just walk P. Burgos Street going north. You’ll know that you’re heading in the right direction when you pass by the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral. Keep on walking until you near the humongous Heritage of Cebu Monument and a very narrow road to your right called Binakayan. Walking to this narrow road will take you to the original entrance of the compound which is actually just a few meters from the corner.

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Selling points

  • Excellent historical place in Cebu
  • Authentic old house
  • Unique piece of history
  • A real treasure
  • Very educational tour
A great 2 day trip to Cebu with my parents

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Duration
2.0 days
Estimated
32.78 USD
Total travel distance
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Number of places
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Zulueta Street, Cebu City, Philippines

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Tips for you

  • Picture-taking is encouraged there.
    Photography
  • Without the sign board outside the warehouse, you won't recognized that a museum was hidden inside.
    Other
  • For local tourist, you can ride a jeepney 13C from Ayala and drop by the Cebu Heritage Monument and walk for few meters to a street to the east. From Colon, you can ride 01K and drop by the Cebu Heritage Monument also. Or you can hire a taxi going there.
    Transportation
  • The Jesuit House of 1730 is a few steps away from the obelisk that marks the start of Colon Street at its northern end. It’s across the Heritage Monument of Cebu built right on the old Parian plaza. It’s near the popular Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño de Cebu.
    Location
  • The Yap family ancestral home is right around the corner so you could combine a visit to the two museums in one trip.
    Experience
  • If you have a free afternoon in Cebu City and are interested in Philippine history you must stop by
    Experience

Reviews

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this place is worth a visit. you will surely get a glimpse of how life was like in ancient cebu. it has lots of antique materials & old treasures. everything is preserved properly & the property is well-maintained. good for history buffs.

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This museum is in an odd location, actually located within a working warehouse, but I found it to be well worth the trip. Though the museum is not large and only takes less than an hour to see everything, it gave me the feeling of what life was like in the Philippines during the Spanish colonial era. The building is a restored house built by the Jesuits in 1730. The furnishings, however, are from the late 19th-early 20th centuries but they were still fascinating.Our guide was courteous and knowledgeable about the history of the building and the Philippines. If you have a free afternoon in Cebu City and are interested in Philippine history I would recommend that you stop by. The Yap family ancestral home is right around the corner so you could combine a visit to the two museums in one trip.

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Hidden inside a warehouse and not easy to find it's more than worth the search- and the wait because we came during lunchbreak and had to wait 20 minutes. We had the luck to get a private tour with the current owner. He knows everything about the interesting history of the house and has a passion about it which we could feel through his explanations. The tour took almost an hour and it was a pleasure chatting with him about all and everything. We definitly recommend a visit.

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this place is worth a visit. you will surely get a glimpse of how life was like in ancient cebu. it has lots of antique materials & old treasures. everything is preserved properly & the property is well-maintained. good for history buffs.

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