Mar 19, 2011

Historical Sites in Cebu

Below is a list of historical sites that I could recommend for tourists who will visit Cebu:

1. Magellan’s Cross

Magellan's Cross is an iconic symbol of Cebu. The chapel's image can be found in its city seal. The place marked the beginning of Christianity, after the first Catholic Mass and baptism was celebrated here.

2. Basilica Minore Del Santo Niño

Basilica Minore Del Santo Niño showcases the history of Christianity in Cebu and even in the whole Philippines. It was built purportedly on the spot where the image of the Santo Niño, a sculpture depicting the Holy Child Jesus found by Spanish explorers in 1565 preserved in a burned wooden box which was left behind during the 1521 Magellan expedition.

3. Lapu lapu Shrine

The Lapu-Lapu shrine is a 20-meter bronze statue in Punta Engaño, Mactan Island, Cebu, Philippines, erected in honor of Datu Lapu-Lapu, a Muslim king who defeated Spanish soldiers and killed Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan in the Battle of Mactan on 1521.

4. Fort San Pedro

Fuerza de San Pedro is a military defence structure, built by Spanish and indigenous Cebuano labourers under the command of Spanish conquistador, Miguel López de Legazpi and the Spanish Government in Cebu. It is located in the area now called Plaza Indepedencia, in the Pier Area of Cebu City, Philippines.

5. Casa Gorordo Museum

Casa Gorordo Museum showcases the religious relics, paintings, antique furniture and other household items. The Museum also displays modern-day art exhibits, ceramics, pottery and other cultural activities. Also found here are small and life-size statues of saints and other figurines.


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