Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral


Cebu considered as the oldest city in the Philippines is also a home of old churches such as Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral and the Sto. Niño Church. No wonder it is the birthplace of Christianity in the Philippines.

Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral is the ecclesiastical seat of the metropolitan archdiocese of Cebu. In August 14, 1595, Cebu was constituted as diocese and on April 28, 1934 it was lifted as a metropolitan archdiocese along with dioceses of Dumaguete, Maasin, Tagbilaran (Bohol), and Talibon as suffragans.

When Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral was constructed, there were a lot of interruptions which causes the delay of the construction. Moro wars, lack of funds, vacancies in the office after the death of an incumbent bishop who spearheaded the construction of the church and other unexpected events made the disruptions.

Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral

Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral

Watcher outside the main door

Watcher outside the main door

Statue of Jesus Christ

Statue of Jesus Christ

Birhen sa Barangay

Birhen sa Barangay

Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral architecture is distinctive with baroque colonial churches in the country with squat, cruciform, and with thick walls to withstand typhoon and other natural catastrophes. The trefoil-shaped gable is ornamented with carved relieves of floral themes, an IHS inscription and a pair of griffins.

Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral was ruined by Allied bombings during World War II with only the belfry (built in 1835), the facade, and the walls as the remains of the church. In 1950s, the church was rapidly rebuilt during the incumbency of Archbishop Gabriel Reyes and under the supervision of architect Jose Zaragosa.

Cebu Cathedral

Cebu Cathedral

Meditation Room with the Blessed Sacrament

Meditation Room with the Blessed Sacrament

Souvenir Shop

Souvenir Shop

A mausoleum was built at the back of the sacristy of the cathedral by Archbishop Julio Rosales in 1982. This serves as the final resting place for the mortal remains of Cebu’s bishop and clergy. Three months after the inauguration of the mausoleum, Archbishop Rosales died and he was buried there along with Archbishops.

The recent major renovation of Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral was last April 28, 2009 just in time for the 75th anniversary of the Archdiocese of Cebu. The church interiors where newly decorated with chandeliers that made it look elegant and bright and as well as an improved parking area. The most spectacular of all the improvements are the altars inside the church. Its elegant design and golden colors makes one really appreciate the goodness of the people who have donated to this special project of the church. Improved sound systems and placement of televisions at side area of the church covered by the big concrete pillars also provide a better and more solemn atmosphere. Several roving guards also make the place safe and secured.

Altar of Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral

Altar of Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral

Rectory

Rectory

Our Lady of Lourdes

Our Lady of Lourdes

Comfort Rooms

Comfort Rooms

Although the church has changed a lot since the major renovations, bishops and priest see to it that the solemnity of every mass is the same and to deliver the message of the Lord clearly. The church continues to encourage people to strengthen their faith in God.

Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral is situated in San Roque, Cebu City. It is accessed by most jeepneys going to Colon St. and turning right once they reached the marker. Just ask the driver if he passes the church. Alternatively you can take a taxi which will be an easier and more convenient way to get there. Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral is meters away from Rajah Humabon Park, 5 minutes away from Colon St. Marker, 8 minutes away from Cebu Heritage Site, 10 minutes away from Sto. Niño Church and Magellan’s Cross and 15 minutes away from Fort San Pedro. Folks nearby the church are very willing to give you directions to these nearby sports.

For any inquiries you can contact the office of Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral at 2558823/2536422.


This page is last updated on Mar 29, 2016 @ 2:24 pm
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