Founded in 1565, Basilica of the Holy Child is the oldest Roman Catholic Church in the country. It is considered as the “Mother and Head of all Churches in the Philippines". The Church is built on the same spot where Spanish explorers found the Santo Niņo de Cebú, a statue depicting Child Jesus. The holy church is home to many religious relics, statues and oldest religious images. Originally the church was built using hardwood but was later reconstructed to hard stone by the city mayor. It is believed by the devotees that by touching the sculpture of the Santo Niņo, all their pains will be healed.
Inside the Basilica
The Basilica brilliantly showcases the history of Christianity in Cebu. Antique objects like century-old furniture and priest vests donated by devotees can be seen here. A big Santo Niņo rosary composed of 15 beads is also displayed in the church.
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