Cebu is one of the most popular cities and the centre of trade and commerce in Visayas, Philippines. Unlike Manila, Cebu is not so crowded, yet it has all amenities and facilities.
The destination is full of ancient historical monuments and its culture has largely remained intact over the course of time. If you are planning to catch a flight to this delightful destination, take a look at 3 of the top cultural and historical attractions here.
Fort San Pedro
Fort San Pedro, also known as Fuerza de San Pedro gives you a glimpse into the rich past of Cebu. Built by the Spanish under the command of Miguel López de Legazpi in 1565, the fort stands as a reminder of the Spanish influence in the city. Situated in Plaza Indepedencia, it is the oldest and the smallest fort in the Philippines. By paying a small fee for the entry tickets, you can gain some insight into the way of life under Spanish influence. The fort is triangular and consists of 3 bastions known as San Miguel, San Ignacio de Loyola and La Concepcion.
Basilica del Santo Niño
A few minutes’ walk from the fort will take you to Basilica del Santo Niño also known as Santo Niño Church and Minor Basilica of the Holy Child. Known as the oldest Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines, it is said to have been built on the exact spot where the revered image of Santo Niño de Cebu was discovered in 1565 under the command of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi. The Catholic devotees often call the church, the “Mother and Head of all Churches in the Philippines”.
The Taoist Temple
The Taoist Temple, situated in the Beverly Hills Subdivision is built at an elevation of 300 metres above sea level. It is a soaring, vibrant and multi-storeyed monument.
Built in 1972 by the Chinese community of Cebu, it is the centre of worship for the followers of Taoism. It’s religious significance, beautiful architecture with vibrant setting and a dragon in the front makes it one of the most popular tourist destinations in Cebu City. The front entrance of the temple has been modelled on the Great Wall of China. You can make a wish and flip a coin in the wishing well here, read more about Taoism in their library and buy souvenirs for yourself and your loved ones from the souvenir shop located inside.