Basilica Menor del Sto. Niño

Commonly known as the Sto. Niño Church, is the oldest Roman Catholic church in the Philippines and serves as the Mother and Head of all churches in the country. It houses the oldest image of the Holy Child called Sto. Niño de Cebu, from where the name of the church was based. The first church was established in 1565 but was burned down in 1566. The church as it stands now was completed in 1740.
The Basilica was said to be established on the same spot where the image was found by Miguel Lopez de Legazpi.  The image is the same figure given by Ferdinand Magellan to the wife of the rajah of Cebu when she was converted into Christian.
The image is the center of intense devotion and religious pilgrimage through out the Visayas. To accommodate the large number of worshipers, they have built a pilgrimage just right in front of the Basilica. This center is open-air and has a capacity of about 3,500.00.
Pilgrimage center just right in front of the church
Pilgrimage center as seen from the side of the road.
This church was made a Basilica in a1965 by John Pope VI being the symbol of the birth and growth of Christianity in the Philippines. Prior to that, it was already declared a National Historical Landmark. 
Basilica's nave and altar
The church has a museum that houses religious relics and antiques. It also has a library that was originally for the use of friars only, but recently opened to all serious non-clerical researchers. 
Religious statues on the wall just beside the chapel for candle lighting
More artworks that can be seen on the wall beside the chapel for candle lighting
In October 2013, the church was seriously damaged by the earthquake that hit Cebu and the neighboring province, Bohol. The belfry and facade were damaged and some walls cracked. It was later on restored.
The church is located just a few minutes from Magellan's Cross and not far from the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral.  It's one of the most visited tourist attraction in the province both for locals and foreigners.

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