Attraction Review: Basilica Minore del Sto. Nino

The Basilica Minore del Sto. Nino is the holiest of churches in within the island of Cebu that is most famous for housing the Flemish statuette of the Child Christ (Sto. Nino) that dates back to Magellan’s day. First established in the year 1565 as the first church of the Philippines, and is called “Mother and Head of all Churches in the Philippines." The location is also quite close to Magellan’s Cross, another famous attraction in Cebu.
The structure has seen 3 fires until its current baroque incarnation in 1737 and an earthquake in 2013. The damaged belfry and facade were later restored to its original glory later on, however. During the annual celebration of Sinulog, a festival Cebu is best known for, a mass is held in that very same church and is the starting point of the big Sinulog Parade, one of the biggest highlights of the celebration.
Sinulog Festival

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