Historical Sights & Landmarks In Cebu

The Basílica Menor del Santo Niño de Cebú commonly known as the Santo Niño Basilica, is a minor basilica in Cebu City in the Philippines that was founded in the 1565

The image of the Santo Niño, which is kept in the parish convent, is considered the oldest religious relic in the Philippines.

Magellan planted a cross to signify this important event about the propagation of the Roman Catholic faith in what is now Cebu, in central Philippines

 

It took another 45 years (1565) before Cebu was visited again by another European. 

The statue was erected to honor Rajah Lapu-Lapu, the native chieftain of Mactan Island who defeated Ferdinand Magellan during the historic Battle of Mactan in 1521.

Fort San Pedro was built

in 1565 by Miguel Lopez de Legazpi

and named after his ship that he sailed across the Pacific in. 

 

Originally built from wood and mud it was later upgraded to stone and corals. It’s the Philippine’s oldest (and smallest) triangular bastion.

Historical structure carved into the huge monolith are the Basilica del Santo Niño, Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, San Juan Bautista Parish Church, and a Spanish Galleon. The statues of the late President Sergio Osmeña Sr. and blessed Pedro Calungsod.

The American-era gallery contains an interesting collection of letters and memorabilia from Thomas Sharpe, one of 1065 teachers known as Thomasites who arrived in the early days of the American period to fulfil President McKinley's pledge to 'educate the Filipinos'.

The temple is the a center of worship for Taoism, the religion which follows the teachings of the ancient Chinese philosopher, Lao Tze.

The Temple is open to both Worshipers and Non-Worshipers, it has now become a tourist attraction in Cebu.