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10 Historical and Beautiful Churches in Cebu: Uphold Your Faith

Get to know some fascinating facts about Cebu’s historical churches!

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Cebu is not only known as a popular summer destination but also for its historical significance in the country. Cebu is the cradle of Christianity in the Philippines making it’s churches not only beautiful. But also historical, especially as each church has a promising story to tell. Be inspired to strengthen your faith amidst the pandemic with the…

10 Must-Visit Churches in Cebu

10. St. Catherine of Alexandria Parish

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St. Catherine’s Church is the second oldest among all the churches in Cebu. It was established in 1607 making her the first St. Catherine-dedicated church in the Philippines. St. Catherine Church is known for its fine Greco-Roman altar, and twin- bell towers resembling Muslim mosques.

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9. Nuestra Señora del Patrocinio de Maria Parish Church

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This church has been proclaimed as a National Historical Landmark by the National Historical Institute in 1999. Also, it was announced as one of the National Cultural Treasure by the National Museum of the Philippines in 2001. Plus, the church is nominated to be part of the Baroque Churches of the Philippines by the UNESCO World Heritage Sites!

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8. St. Michael the Archangel Church

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This Archdiocesan Shrine offers exclusive rights and privileges like special blessings and indulgences to the devotees visiting the church. Also, This beautiful church has a total of 20 angel figures lining the walls and poles still in good condition.

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7. Archdiocesan Shrine of St. Therese of the Child Jesus

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In 1938, Dr. Virgilio Gonzales and his wife built St. Therese of the Child Jesus to carry out a promise to the Little Flower of Jesus but it was damaged by the Japanese army in 1945. The front with the statue of St. Therese, the belltower and the pillars were miraculously undamaged.

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6. Sto. Tomas De Villanueva Parish-Pardo

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The Santo Tomas de Villanueva Church in Pardo, Cebu City was established on April 14, 1866. It is different from other old churches in Cebu because of its Byzantine influence. If you look at the circle window, there’s an “all seeing eye” symbol. The symbol’s origin is pagan.

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5. Chapel of San Pedro Calungsod

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This chapel is dedicated to San Pedro Calungsod who was martyred in Guam for his missionary work in 1672. Blessed Pope John Paul II beatified him on March 5, 2000. He was canonized again on October 21, 2012 at the Vatican City by Pope Benedict XVI.

What makes this chapel unique is its 100 walls with different heights!

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4. Sacred Heart Parish

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Sacred Heart Parish is a Roman Catholic Parish managed by the Jesuits and a personal parish for Cebu’s Chinese-Filipino community. The church was built 155 years ago and is still as majestic up to this day. This was a testament of solid faith for the community. 

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3. Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral

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In 1595, when Cebu became a part of the suffragan dioceses under the archdiocese of Manila, Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral was accepted to be the seat of the Cebu bishop. There’s also a time when the budget for the Cathedral’s construction was offered for the moro wars in Mindanao because the church lacked funds and took a lot of time to build.

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2. Simala-Lindogon Church Sibonga

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This divine church popularly known as Simala Church, is situated in Marian Hills, Lindogon, Simala, Sibonga, Cebu. It was built by the Marian Monks from Pampanga in 1998. It became one of the most popular churches in Cebu for its beauty and the series of miraculous events that took place in the church. One is the image of Mother Mary shedding tears.

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1. Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu

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Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu is the biggest among the churches in Cebu! What’s amazing about this church is that it was built on the exact same spot where Spanish explorers discovered the scripture of the Holy Child Jesus in 1565.

There’s also a museum inside where you can learn about the history of the Christianity in Cebu! The grandest fiesta in honor of Senior Santo Nino, Sinulog, is one of the biggest events celebrated in Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu!

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Strengthening one’s faith is essential. It affects our perspective in life and how we deal with our daily challenges. Churches in Cebu are the perfect venue for faith and worship. Did you enjoy our list? Which churches in Cebu can you recommend? Do you want to add something on the list? Feel free to share it with us!

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Written by Megrez San Juan

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📍Cebu, Philippines
 
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