The City of Cebu is highly industrialized and urbanized in the Philippines. It is the house of the richest and well-preserved historic architectures in the country. Let’s unravel down the context behind the famous historical structures that have brought Cebu to where it is now and where will it lead in the future.
This landmark is located on Magellan street which was named after the explorer Ferdinand Magellan. It houses a symbolic Cross that was planted on April 21, 1521, by the Spaniards and Portuguese led by Magellan. In this area, both Rajah Humabon and Queen Juana were baptized together with their 400 followers by Father Pedro Valderrama. They were the first Christians in the Philippines. The Cross is now encased with Tindalo wood to protect from fanatics who chip the wood believing that it has some supernatural powers.
The oldest street in the Philippines as what the historians say. The street was built the same year the basilica was built under the rule of Miguel Lopez de Legaspi. It is located in the urban area of Cebu and the place was named after Christopher Columbus. The street is now surrounded by various establishments and making the place the center of business and commerce. The historic significance remains until now though it has become modernized.
Basilica Minore Del Santo Niño
Situated near the Magellan’s Cross which is just a few walks away. The Basilica is the oldest church and enshrines the oldest religious relic in the country which is the image of the Santo Niño De Cebu. It was built in 1565 by Father Andres de Urdaneta and Miguel Lopez de Legazpi. The church already went through different of calamities that somehow destroyed the historical structure. It has even an annual celebration which is celebrated every third Sunday of January named Sinulog.
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