Cebu gives homage to many natural wonders but aside from that is a beauty you can unveil with its beautiful churches. The island is the first place where Spaniards landed and baptized the people into Catholicism. So it’s not surprising that there are numerous historical churches that will not only strengthen the faith but also satisfy you with its history.
Basilica Minore Del Santo Niño
The Church is the oldest Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines. The located where it was built was said to be a place where the image of the Santo Niño or the Child Jesus which was given to Queen Juana by Magellan. The original image of the Santo Niño is located at the parish convent. The church was built way back 1565.
Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral
This popular church is just a few minutes of walk away from the Santo Niño Church. The church is the ecclesiastical seat of the Archdiocese of Metropolitan Cebu and the patron saint is Saint Vitalis.
St. Catherine of Alexandria Parish in Carcar
The church is also known as the Carcar Church and the second oldest church in the country that was built in 1859. It is also popular with its bell towers that come in a similar shape to those of Muslim mosques. The structure also takes pride of a Greco-Roman altar and statues of the 12 apostles all in white expect of Judas.
The National Shrine of St. Joseph in Mandaue City
The church was attributed to Jesuits back in 1789 from the Augustinians who ministered the people of Mandaue before 1599 according to history books. The historic church was destroyed in 1922 by the earthquake and the reconstruction was completed in 1936.
This church was built in the 19th Century and suffered and survived fire damages including one during the Japanese occupation in 1942 and yet still stands strong to this day.
There are still churches in Cebu that you can unveil and for your convenience, you can book with Cebu Tours for a hassle-free travel.