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Basilica del Santo Nino

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Address: Osmena Boulevard, Cebu City 6000, Philippines

This famous church dates back to the early Spanish colonial era.

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Am not a religious person, but this church gave me a positive energy in a very busy day. its very nice to visit and be part

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Am not a religious person, but this church gave me a positive energy in a very busy day. its very nice to visit and be part

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Metro Manila, Philippines
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A must see! filled with history and when you go on a Friday you will be amazed by the faith. Gives you the goosebumps just by watching the people passing by and praying.. it's a culture and a way of life

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Bondville, Vermont
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This mega church, the oldest in the Philippines, is an interesting landmark The holy baby Jesus was brought here by one of the Spaniard ships and have a very important roll here in Cebu. You see it depicted everywhere

Thank ofanoa
Moscow, Russia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Nice basilica, 17th century. One of the most ancient basilica in Philippines. There is Magellan's cross near it. Recommend to visit.

Thank Sergey P
Cairns Region, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

What a wonderful place we were there on sunday when mass was being said ,there were hundreds of people

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Madras, Oregon
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My wife and I have been to this beautiful historic church many times, but this was the first visit for our daughter. We all had a wonderful time.

Thank Da8u66as
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

as the seat of Catholicism in Asia and being the "master and head of all Chuches in the Philippines, this Minor Basilica of the Holy Child has a picturesque baroque architectural design that attracts pilgrims mostly from the visayas region. it has undergone several reconstruction due to natural and man-made disasters. if you are Catholic, this is a must-see but... More 

Thank Irene F
Naval, Philippines
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Somewhere everyone really should visit to see the Sto. Nino figure. The only things that spoiled the visit were the number of people selling superhero/cartoon character balloons outside, strange for such and important religious site, plus the selling of candles and then not being allowed to actually light the candles?

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

if in Cebu is a must see , but do not expect anything more than just an old church with a lot of devoted locals knocking at the glass and praying...

Thank Skunkavenger
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Since I am not religious, I did not go for spiritual reasons. But the Basilica itself is a nice colonial building to see with a nice courtyard. If you are going in the evening or on weekends, be prepared for huge crowds of people. Especially if you want to see the Santo Nino, you need to be prepared to queue... More 

Thank Jerry K

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