Basilica Del Santo NinoCurrently Open
- Address: Osmeña Boulevard,Cebu City 6000,Cebu, Philippines
- Timings: 05:00 am - 11:59 pm Details
- Phone: +63-322556697
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
- Tags: Church, Religious Site, Observatory, Historical Site, Family And Kids, Architecture , Cathedral
Basilica Del Santo Nino - Review
One of the most famous landmarks in Cebu, the Basilica Del Santo Nino is also amongst the oldest Roman Catholic churches in Philippines. The basilica is a sight worth revering when it is all decked up during the Sinulog Festival. The church was made on the spot where an image of child Jesus was found by Spanish explorers in the 16th Century. The church is made of hard stone and the interiors are serene and peaceful. The masses are highly popular amongst the locals and often there are long lines to experience the magic of this ritual. The church is truly worth of its national landmark status.
Cebu’s Basilica Del Santo Nino is a very popular place of worship and one of the earliest Roman Catholic Churches in the whole country. Because of its popularity amongst locals and tourists alike, there is usually a long line to enter the church. You don’t need to buy tickets for Basilica Del Santo Nino, but you can get a tour package which will make a visit here. Basilica Del Santo Nino ticket prices for tours may stand and vary but you can combine these Basilica Del Santo Nino tickets with other attractions to make an attractive tour package. Also tickets for Basilica Del Santo Nino tours can be booked from our ticketing portal for easier access.
Basilica Del Santo Nino Opening and Closing Hours
- Every day from 5am to 12noon and 3pm to 7.30pm on Fridays.
- Weekdays : 6am, 7am, 8am, 5.30pm
- Sundays: Every hour between 5.30am to 7pm.
How To reach Basilica Del Santo Nino by Public Transport
- Nearest bus stop: Cebu City hall and Dept of Foreign Affairs.
Restaurants Near Basilica Del Santo Nino
- Our Place Restaurant & Bar
- Marshall’s Irish Pub
- Casa Verde
- Mang Inasal
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Things to Know Before Visiting Basilica Del Santo Nino
95% of people who visit Cebu City include Basilica Del Santo Nino in their plan
07 AM - 08 AM
48.54% of people start their Basilica Del Santo Nino visit around 07 AM - 08 AM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Basilica Del Santo Nino
53.84% of people prefer walking in order to reach Basilica Del Santo Nino
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Basilica Del Santo Nino, Cebu City Reviews
A definitely must see when visiting Cebu. The Basilica of El Santo Niño de Cebu offers a invaluable opportunity to grasp an idea of Philippines' faith, very rooted in Catholic tradition. From younger age to seniors, lots of people praying and visiting the church. If you are driving, it might be a bit difficult to find parking, but locals are more than happy to help. It is also common to find children asking for some pesos and ladies selling candles. The sacred image is the only remaining one from the three brought firstly by the Spaniards. A nice place to observe, and reflect!
Visiting here is like time traveling. If you are Catholic, you'll feel refreshed and feel blessed. The architecture is awesome and the paintings depict the history of the church in the Philippines. Getting a chance to see the antique sto nino is awe inspiring. The only thing I did not like here are some tourist treating the church as a place to take pictures and use the altar as a backdrop. I think it is disrespectful and should not be allowed.
A beautiful place in Cebu, with many interesting things. Everything maintained with love. We enjoyed the day in Fort San Pedro. The entrance fee is cheap.
I visited this church in September / October 2012. The area around this part of Cebu holds many memories for everyone. It’s all part of the fine history of this beautiful city. The Basílica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebú ( Minor Basilica of the Holy Child of Cebú ) commonly known as the Santo Niño Basilica, is a minor basilica in Cebu City in the Philippines that was founded in the 1565 by Fray Andrés de Urdaneta, O.S.A. and Fray Diego de Herrera, O.S.A.. The oldest Roman Catholic church in the country, it is built on the spot where the image of the Santo Niño de Cebú was found during the expedition of Miguel López de Legazpi. The icon, a statuette of the Child Jesus, is the same one presented by Ferdinand Magellan to the chief consort of Rajah Humabon upon the royal couple's christening on April 14, 1521. It was found by a soldier named Juan de Camuz forty years later, preserved in a wooden box, after Legazpi had razed a local village. When Pope Paul VI made the church a basilica in 1965, he declared it to be the symbol of the birth and growth of Christianity in the Philippines. The present building, which was completed from 1739-1740, has been designated by the Holy See as the Mother and Head of all Churches in the Philippines. In the 1960,s, both church and convent underwent a bigger restoration on the occasion of the Fourth Centennial of the Christianization of the country. The face lifting was made with utmost respect for the historical character of the old structure. In 1965, His Eminence Ildebrando Cardinal Antoniutti, Papal Legate to the Philippines, conferred the church the honorific title Basilica Minore upon the authority of Pope Paul VI. As a Minor Basilica, it is given precedence over other churches and other privileges. Philippine President Ferdinand E. Marcos also declared it a National Landmark. The Basilica del Santo Niño remains under the care of the Augustinian Friars. On October 15, 2013, about 8am GMT+8, a 7.2-magnitude earthquake shook Tagbilaran, Bohol, its force felt throughout the Visayas. It caused more than 120 casualties, and much damage to buildings, historical landmarks and churches. The earthquake destroyed most of the Basilica's belfry and façade; some walls and frescoes were cracked. A video of the collapse can be seen here. The building was restored and later re-opened to the public. The bell tower is now fully reconstructed and the main door of the church as well as the area in between the original church and the pilgrim centre is now fully accessible.
The architecture, the statues of saints, and overall design of this basilica are beautiful! Take a moment to soak it in. Sit in the pews even if you’re not Catholic. Look for the pagan gargoyles guarding the doors of the church. Respect the centuries of culture and beliefs held by this place. In the church grounds, there’s plenty more to experience such as lighting of candles and visiting Magellan’s cross. Taking of photos isn’t allowed during mass.