Cebu’s Top Historical Tourist Spots
More than Cebu’s beaches and waterfalls, Cebu has other tourist destinations fit for the historical wanderer. Being the first island in the country occupied and colonized by the Spanish, Cebu holds so much historical and cultural heritage in its lands and structures.
Here are Cebu’s top historical tourist spots which serve as a remembrance of the island’s glorious heritage.
Basilica de Sto Nino
The Basilica Minore Del Santo Nino is one of the country’s oldest Roman Catholic Church. It was built in 1565 by Miguel Lopez de Legazpi. Previously named as the San Augustin Church, it was convertedinto the Basilica of Santo Nino by the Pope in 1965. Basilica del Santo Nino is home to the famous statue of the Santo Nino given to Queen Juana of Cebu by Magellan.Santo Nino is Cebu’s most sacred patron to whom they dedicate the famous Sinulog festival.
Located just beside Basilica Minore Del Santo Nino, the famous Magellan’s Cross was erected on April 21, 1521 by Ferdinand Magellan. It was where the first Filipino Christians were baptized by the Spanish friars. The original cross is said to be encased inside the wooden cross found in the center of the chapel. This is to prevent the original cross from decaying and being destroyed through time.
Fort San Pedro
Also called Fuerza de San Pedro in Spanish, Fort San Pedro is a military defense structure built by Miguel López de Legazpi in the 18th century. It has served Cebu as an army garrison, a rebel stronghold, and prison camp. Stepping inside the stoned fortress surrounded by a well landscaped garden gives a reminiscing glimpse of the past. There’s a minimal fee of P30 for adults, P24 for senior citizens and P 20 for children.
The Mactan Shrine located in Mactan Island commemorates the Battle of Mactan in April 27, 1521. It is where Lapu-Lapu resisted Magellan and his Spanish men who were trying to convert the Filipinos to Christianity and subject them to the rule of Spain. The battle then resulted to the death of Magellan. A sculpture of Lapu-Lapu is erected in the shrine to give honor the Philippines’ first hero
Museo Sugbu was once the Cebu’s Provincial Jail, also called as Carcel de Cebu, from 1870–2004. After the transfer of Cebu’s Provincial Jail to a new and spacious prison complex, Carcel de Cebu was converted into MuseoSugbo or the Cebu Provincial Museum. It showcases the proud Cebuano and Philippine Heritage from the Spanish to the Japanese era. There is a minimal fee of P30 for Adults (Filipinos), P75 (Foreigners), and P75 (Balikbayans) while students enjoy a discounted fee of P10 (Filipinos), P50 (Foreigners), and P50 (Balikbayans). Senior citizens would only pay P10.
All of these historical spots will surely take any tourist to a nostalgic past of Cebu’s heritage. Make sure to book with local a travel and tours agency to get the best to best maximize your time in touring all of these spots. You may want to check out http://affordablecebutours.com ; Email: info@affordablecebutours,com and their city tours which covers all of these tourist spots.