Basilica del Santo Nino

Attraction Magallanes St, Cebu City, Philippines Published on: 21-06-2016

1 hour
08:30 AM - 06:00 PM
08:00 AM
09:00 AM
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Church
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Architecture
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The Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño de Cebu has always been a part of the religious history of our country since the 16th century. A visit to Basilica is like travelling back in time, returning to the very dawn of our Christian faith.

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Why Basilica del Santo Nino is special ?

The Basílica Minore del Santo Niño (The Minor Basilica of the Holy Child), commonly known as Santo Niño Church, is a minor basilica in Cebu City in the Philippines that was founded in the 1565. It is the oldest Roman Catholic church established in the country on the spot where the image of the Santo Niño de Cebú, a statue depicting the Child Jesus was found in 1565 by Spanish explorers led by Miguel Lopez de Legazpi. The Holy See calls the temple the "Mother and Head of all Churches in the Philippines". The Church and Convent of Santo Niño was declared a National Historical Landmark in 1941.


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What to explore at Basilica del Santo Nino?

Santo Niño, the oldest religious image

The image of the Santo Niño is the oldest religious image in the Philippines. The wooden image, made by Flemish artisans, was brought to the island by Fernao Magellan in 1521, just like the Magellan cross. Magellan gave the image Santo Niño to Queen Juana as a baptismal gift.

The miracle

Forty-four years later, In 1565, Cebu was for a big part destroyed by a fire. The fire was set on purpose by the Spaniards as a punishment for hostile activities of the Cebuanos. In one of the burned houses, a Spanish soldier found the image of Santo Niño. Remarkably unscratched! Since then, the miraculous image has been treated by the Cebuanos as its patron saint. At present, the miraculous image is kept in the Parish convent, and only a replica, adorned with gold and precious stones and enshrined in glass, is hold inside the Basilica Minor del Santo.

The Basilica Minor del Santo Niño

The church was built near the place where the Santo Niño was found in the burned house. On this place the Spaniards built three times a church.

The first two times the church was built out of wood and nipa. Every time it was burned down. The construction of the present church date from 1735. In 1965 the church was given the title of "Basilica Minor del Santo Niño".

Museum

There is a museum inside the Basilica complex, with exhibits relating to the history of Christianity in Cebu. Antique relics are on display, including century-old furniture, priestly vestments and cloaks donated to the Santo Nino over the centuries. There are religious exhibits such as statues and relics, items of daily life from the adjacent convent, toys said to be gifts to the child Jesus, and a large Santo Niño rosary of 15 beads.

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Selling points

  • Most important building in Cebu
  • Lively Church Visit
  • Comparable to the best in Europe
  • Well preserved church
  • A beautiful old church
A great 2 day trip to Cebu with my parents

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Estimated
32.78 USD
Total travel distance
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Number of places
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Magallanes St, Cebu City, Philippines

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Tips for you

  • Please remove your hats and cover bare shoulders when entering the Church. Don't wear sleeveless tops and shorts if you want to see the holy baby. Not allowed and to respect the sanctity of the church.
    What to wear
  • Novena mass schedule: 4am, 530am, 7am, 830am, 10am, 1130am, 1pm, 230pm, 4pm, 530pm, and 7pm. The church opens on the morning: 8:00 AM - 11:45 AM and in the afternoon: 1:30 PM - 4:45 PM.
    Timming
  • Best to give thanks in the morning, to avoid huge crowd.
    Timming
  • there are some nice old women trying to sell you candles, only cost a few peso per candle and it is a custom. Don't miss the candle ladies wearing yellow or red skirts who will willingly pray for you while doing a tribal-like dance, which is also called the "Sinulog" dance.
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  • There are also some pickpocket thefts operating in the area. Leave your passport, tickets and credit cards back at the hotel safe just in case. And keep an eye on your wallet.
    Safety
  • The location is at the end of the Osmena Boulvard and very close to Fort San Pedro.
    Location

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Did you know: The basilica was built by Miguel Lopez de Legaspi and Fr. Andres Urdaneta at the site where the image of Santo Niño was found in 1565.

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rain or shine for masses held outside, there are big umbrellas for free use -- nice ones with yellow and red design.

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Basilica Minore del Santo Niño is one of the popular churches in the nation. The site was the spot where an image of Sto. Niño was seen by the Spaniards in 1565, preserved inside a burned wooden box.

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Novena mass schedule: 4am, 530am, 7am, 830am, 10am, 1130am, 1pm, 230pm, 4pm, 530pm, and 7pm. ???

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Journeying together in faith with Santo Nino.

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My wife and I have been going to mass there since 2005. I love the historical aspects of the old basilica. If you're a history buff, you might find the "conquistadorian" imagery interesting. It is a very special place for Catholics and the Filipinos are very devout here. I kind of feel bad when I see just a few tourists treating Santo Nino like the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee (ie: loud and cameras ablaze). Yet, they do sell balloons there and mark it as a tourist destination so fair enough. Anyway, I am sure a little reverence from believers and non-believers alike is appreciated there. For me, it kind of feels like stepping back into 19th Century Catholicism for some reason (without the racks - ha ha). Maybe it's the grottos, plaster and paintings. Definitely a must see in Cebu for the historically-minded!

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Religious or not, this is a place worth visiting! I was travelling with my two young daughters, 7 & 9 and they thought it was well worth seeing. To the side of the main church is a gallery that has amazing artworks and much information about the history of Cebu and the Philippines. The workmanship of the actual church is just beautiful, the stained glass windows and beautiful hand carved doors and pews and chairs. Visitors will see many who have come to find peace, many praying very feverently. Westerners take care, you will face candle and trinket hawkers and pickpockets at the front before entering the church gates.

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The main sanctuary is awe inspiring, definitely worth stopping to see, even if your not Roman Catholic, The statuary is incredible. Was there for Easter Sunday Mass, very meaningful for me...

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Religious or not, this is a place worth visiting! I was travelling with my two young daughters, 7 & 9 and they thought it was well worth seeing. To the side of the main church is a gallery that has amazing artworks and much information about the history of Cebu and the Philippines.

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Did you know: The basilica was built by Miguel Lopez de Legaspi and Fr. Andres Urdaneta at the site where the image of Santo Niño was found in 1565.

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