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Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral
Holiday Travel Guide

Learn the intriguing history and admire the whitewashed façade of this cathedral that is the heart of Catholic pride in Cebu.

Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral is a wide religious structure of Spanish colonial design. Built between the 17th and 20th centuries, it is among the most important emblems of Catholicism in the Philippines. Inspect the statues of religious figures that decorate the square outside the church.

Relax in the spacious red plaza and capture photos of the magnificent façade. Admire the trefoil pediment with floral carvings, atop which stands a cross. A large pair of columns remain from an early attempt of construction of the cathedral. A booming toll echoes from the bell tower.

At the base of the façade stands the majestic Holy Door, which was added in 2000 for the Jubilee Year and used in 2009 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Cebu’s identification as an archdiocese. Walk through the large portal or other entrances to appreciate the spacious setting of the nave. Gaze up toward the balcony at the impressive pipe organ with wooden frames. The interior contains an array of sculptures depicting saints and a painted ceiling generating a spiritual ambiance.

Appreciate the serene atmosphere in the Meditation Room, which has colorful stained-glass windows and the Blessed Sacrament. The mausoleum at the back of the church serves as the final resting place of bishops and clergy. Learn about the notable figures who are buried here. Purchase gifts and souvenirs with a religious theme in the church’s shop.

Construction of the cathedral was halted many times over the centuries due to lack of funds. It was not completed until the early 1900s. It was partially destroyed by Allied bombings during World War II, before being rebuilt in the 1950s. Notice that its squat shape and thick walls help to protect damage from typhoons and other natural disasters.

Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral is in the San Roque neighborhood in the southeastern part of the city. Ride a bus or jeepney to the Plaridel St. stop, which is just west of the church. Visit nearby sights, such as the Minor Basilica of the Holy Child, the Plaza Independencia and the University of Cebu.

Top 10 Hotels Near Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral

Quest Hotel & Conference Center – Cebu
Quest Hotel & Conference Center – Cebu
3 out of 5
Archbishop Reyes Avenue, Cebu, Cebu
The price is RM156 per night from 25 Jan to 26 Jan

Situated in the shopping district, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cebu International Convention Center, Ayala Center and Cebu Business Park. Waterfront ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,991 reviews)

"Stuff very friendly awesome place to chill and relax"…"

Reviewed on 19 Dec 2020

Quest Hotel & Conference Center – Cebu
Travelbee Fuente Inn
Travelbee Fuente Inn
3 out of 5
J.Llorente st. Cebu Philippines, Cebu
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Located in the heart of Cebu, this hotel is steps away from Fuente Osmena Circle and Mango Square. Cebu Doctor's University Hospital and University of San Carlos ...

4.1/5Very Good! (34 reviews)

"Excellent!!!! Good hotel to stayed, right access point."…"

Reviewed on 22 Dec 2020

Travelbee Fuente Inn
Summit Galleria Cebu
Summit Galleria Cebu
3 out of 5
Robinsons Galleria Cebu, B. Benedicto St, Corner General Maxilom Avenue, Cebu
The price is RM180 per night from 25 Jan to 26 Jan

Located in North Reclamation Area, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Robinsons Galleria Cebu and Heritage of Cebu Monument. SM City Cebu and Cebu Metropolitan ...

4.2/5Very Good! (246 reviews)

"Close to malls but I don’t like the breakfast buffet. Not enough variation."…"

Reviewed on 22 Mar 2020

Summit Galleria Cebu
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Quest Hotel & Conference Center – Cebu
Quest Hotel & Conference Center – Cebu
3 out of 5
Archbishop Reyes Avenue, Cebu, Cebu
The price is RM156 per night from 25 Jan to 26 Jan
Quest Hotel & Conference Center – Cebu
Travelbee Fuente Inn
Travelbee Fuente Inn
3 out of 5
J.Llorente st. Cebu Philippines, Cebu
Travelbee Fuente Inn
Summit Galleria Cebu
Summit Galleria Cebu
3 out of 5
Robinsons Galleria Cebu, B. Benedicto St, Corner General Maxilom Avenue, Cebu
The price is RM180 per night from 25 Jan to 26 Jan
Summit Galleria Cebu
HappyNest Hostel Cebu
HappyNest Hostel Cebu
2 out of 5
Lapu-Lapu St, Behind Toyota MJ Cuenco, Cebu, Central Visayas
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Radisson Blu Cebu
Radisson Blu Cebu
5 out of 5
Serging Osmena Blvd; corner Juan Luna, Cebu, Cebu
The price is RM349 per night from 25 Jan to 26 Jan
Radisson Blu Cebu
8th Street Guesthouse Sto Nino Cebu
8th Street Guesthouse Sto Nino Cebu
Front DTI-Cebu Prov, Corner Osmeña Blvd and Lapu-Lapu St, Cebu, Cebu
The price is RM111 per night from 29 Jan to 30 Jan
8th Street Guesthouse Sto Nino Cebu
Sampaguita Suites Plaza Garcia
Sampaguita Suites Plaza Garcia
2.5 out of 5
Plaza Garcia Building Magallanes St, Cebu, Cebu
Sampaguita Suites Plaza Garcia
RedDoorz near Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral
RedDoorz near Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral
2.5 out of 5
Logarta Street, San Roque, Cebu
The price is RM47 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb
RedDoorz near Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral
Palm Grass Hotel
Palm Grass Hotel
3 out of 5
The price is RM103 per night from 25 Jan to 26 Jan
Palm Grass Hotel
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