Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral Tours
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With thick white walls built to withstand tropical typhoons, Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral looks like a typical Philippine church. Decorated with griffins and floral motifs, the facade is the only original part of the chapel left, as the interior was destroyed during World War II. The restored cathedral has a gold altar and life-size statues of saints.
As an integral part of Cebu’s architectural heritage, Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral features on most city sightseeing tours. First-time visitors may choose to view the church as part of an introductory tour, most of which include top Cebu attractions such as Magellan’s Cross, Fort San Pedro, and Colon Street. To enjoy convenient round-trip transport and the insider knowledge of a guide, most travelers opt to visit the cathedral as part of a tour.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral is a must-visit for those interested in Cebu’s cultural heritage.
- The cathedral is free to enter.
- Respectful attire is required to visit this active place of worship.
When to Get There
A particularly special time to be at Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral is on Holy Tuesday, when the annual procession of religious floats, devotees, and colorful depictions of saints are paraded outside the church. If you find yourself at the church around noon, take a wander to the nearby park to relax in the shade.
How to Get There
Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral is located on Mabini Street, in the Parian district. To get there via public transportation, take a local jeepney to Santo Niño Barangay Hall. To avoid navigating chaotic public transport, visit the cathedral as part of a guided tour.
The History of Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral
The cathedral dates back to the 16th century, when it was a barn covered in coconut palms. Throughout the years, the building was updated, renovated, and damaged by both natural disasters and bombing during WWII. Today, after extensive renovation, the cathedral is a typical example of Spanish colonial architecture.
Address: Mabini Street, Cebu 6000, Philippines
2 Tours and Activities to Experience Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral
The City of Cebu, also known as the Queen City of the South, is bursting with fascinating history. This small-group city tour, limited to just 15 guests, takes you around Cebu’s main highlights including Magellan’s Cross, San Pedro Fort, the Lapu-Lapu Monuments and many more. Learn about the history of the Philippines and Cebu from your tour guide and enjoy round-trip transportation from your Cebu City hotel.
Take a journey of faith where a plethora of sacred places of worship adorn Cebu. Marvel at the centuries-old churches and shrines tightly knit with Philippine history. Visit the oldest Roman Catholic Church where the image of the Santo Niño was discovered at the Basilica Del Santo Nino; the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral designated as the Ecclesiastical seat of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Cebu and discover religious artefacts at the Cathedral Museum of Cebu, celebrate the life of the first Visayas saint at the Archdiocesan Shrine of San Pedro Calungsod and the Chapel of the Holy Relics where over 600 relics are on display including a splinter from the True Cross where Jesus was nailed, a part of the veil worked by the Blessed Virgin Mary and bone fragments of Saints among others.
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