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Basilica Minore de Santo Nino

Santo Nino Basilica, Cebu © Philippines Department of Tourism
Santo Nino Basilica, Cebu © Philippines Department of Tourism

The Basilica Minore de Santo Nino (Basilica of the Holy Child) houses an icon of the infant Jesus. Distinguished as the country's oldest religious relic, it has miraculously survived fire and numerous catastrophes since the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan first presented it to Queen Juana of Cebu in 1521. The church itself was originally built in 1565, and rebuilt in 1602 after a fire. Its façade is a striking blend of Romanesque, neo-classical and Islamic architecture, while its interior is sumptuously decorated. Visitors will find the Santo Nino in the chapel. They can also purchase souvenirs and religious articles at a small shop, and view church artefacts in a small museum, which is located in the Pilgrim Center's basement.