Cebu City Philippines has also been known for its historical and religious sites. Get to visit Cebu City’s historical and religious sights, places and destinations to have a complete experience of what it’s like living in Cebu Philippines.

Our list of Cebu City Philippines Historical and Religious Landmarks and Destinations has been arranged alphabetically for your convenience.

1.    Basilica Minore del Santo Nino
Location or address: city block bordered by Osmena Blvd.,  D. Jakosalem St., P. Burgos St., and Plaza Sugbo Cebu City but main entrance is at Osmena Blvd., Cebu City
Telephone or contact number: (032) 255 6697
Schedules:
Weekday Masses
6:00 am – Cebuano
7:00 am – Cebuano  
8:00 am – English
5:30 pm – English
5:30 pm – Saturday Mass is Sunday Anticipated

Friday Masses
5:00 am – Cebuano           
6:00 am – Cebuano         
7:00 am – English         
8:00 am – English
9:00 am – Cebuano
10:00 am – Cebuano
11:00 am – English     
12:00nn – English    

3:00 pm – Cebuano         
4:30 pm – Cebuano     
5:30 pm – English     
6:30 pm – English     
7:30 pm – English     

Sundays and Holiday of Obligations
5:30 am – Cebuano          
7:00 am – Cebuano          
8:30 am – English          
10:00 am – Cebuano
11:30 am – English
2:30 pm – Cebuano
4:00 pm – Cebuano
5:30 pm – English
7:00 pm – English

Devotion Blessed Virgin Mary
6:45 am & 5:00 pm – Novena Every Wednesday for our Mother of Perpetual Help
5:00 pm Rosary and Perpetual Novena Every Saturday Our Lady of Lourdes

Schedule of Confession
Tuesday- Saturday 4:00 pm – 5:20 pm
Friday 8:00 am – 12:00nn 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Entrance fee: none

Short historical story:
Basilica del Santo Nino was found last April 28, 1565 by an Augustinian priest named Andres de Urdaneta. The church has the sto. Nino image which has been considered as the oldest religious relic in the Philippines, pilgrim center, religious store (open hours: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00nn and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Sunday except Friday until 6:30 p.m.), museum (open hours: 8:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and 1:30 to 4:45 p.m., Monday to Sunday except Wednesday; Entrance fee: adult-30 pesos, senior citizen-15 pesos, student and children-10 pesos), and Basilica Library and Archives (open hours: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00nn and 1:30 to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Saturday).

2.    Capitol Building
Location or address: intersection of N. Escario St. and Osmena Blvd. Cebu City
Telephone or contact number: (032) 253 0332
Open hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Entrance fee: none

Short historical story:
The Capitol Bldg. is the head of Cebu Province and one of the oldest structure (1938) and one of the few remaining that survived during the world war bombings in Cebu Philippines. Tourists or residents can also get some free brochures, booklets, or VCDs of destinations and services at the Capitol Bldg. Cebu City Philippines.

3.    Casa Gorordo Museum
Location or address: No. 35 Lopez Jaena, Brgy. Parian Cebu City
Telephone or contact number: (032) 255 5645 or (032) 418 7234 loc 532
Open hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Entrance fee: foreign adult - 70 pesos ;  foreign students - 50 pesos; local adult – 40 pesos; local college and high school students – 15 pesos; local elementary students – 10 pesos.

Short historical story:
The house was built in 1850 and was originally owned by Alejandro Reynes y Rosales.  During 1863, it was then bought by Juan Isidro Gorordo and then four generations of Gorordo have lived the house that includes first Filipino bishop of Cebu Juan Gorordo. The museum has many old and ancient relics of Filipino lifestyle from 1860 to 1920.

4.    Cathedral Museum of Cebu
Location or address: Manalili cor. P. Gomez St., Cebu City
Telephone or contact number: (032) 412 3455
Open hours: Tuesdays to Sundays, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00nn and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Entrance fee: local residents adults – 50 pesos; students – 25 pesos; foreigners – 100 pesos

Short historical story:
Cathedral museum in Cebu opened last November 2006. It is an ecclesiastical museum of Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cebu. Its main focus is on regional church architecture and artifacts.

5.    Colon Street
Location or address: Colon St., Cebu City
Telephone or contact number: none
Open hours: always open
Entrance fee: none
Short historical story: Philippines oldest and shortest national road.

6.    Fort San Pedro
Location or address: A. Pigafetta St., Brgy., Cebu City near Plaza Independencia
Telephone or contact number: (032) 256 2284
Open hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily
Entrance fee: adults – 30 pesos; senior citizen – 24 pesos; students or children – 20 pesos

Short historical story:
Fort San Pedro in Cebu has been built before under the direction of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi since the Spaniards had to build a small military defensive structure to defend themselves. When the Americans ousted the Spaniards, this became part of American Warwick Barracks then became an army camp, a school, hospital, zoo and now a museum. Fort San Pedro has Spanish structures, few cannons, courtyard, old walls, Spanish artifacts, documents, paintings and sculptures.

7.    Heritage of Cebu Monument
Location or address: Parian District Cebu City
Telephone or contact number: none
Open hours: always open
Entrance fee: none but donations are accepted

Short historical story:
These are sculptures made of concrete, bronze, and brass and steel that shows Cebu’s historical events. This was finished last December 2000. Some of the structures shown were the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, Basilica del Santo Nino, St. John the Baptist Church, Magellans Cross and a Spanish Galleon. Scenes that are shown are Rajah Humabon’s baptism, Santo Nino procession, Roman Catholic mass, Lapu-Lapu and Magellan’s Battle in Mactan and statue of Sergio Osmena Sr. and Pedro Calungsod. Local artist Eduardo Castrillo built the sculptures.

8.    Magellan’s Cross
Location or address: Santo Nino Cebu City
Telephone or contact number: none
Open hours: always open
Entrance fee: none

Short historical story:
The cross was planted by Portugese last March 15, 1521 as ordered by Ferdinand Magellan upon his arrival in Cebu Philippines. The original cross is encased inside the wooden cross to protect the original cross from people getting parts of the cross for souvenir and their belief that it possess miraculous powers. However, some believe that the original cross has been destroyed or disappeared after Magellan died.

9.    Museo Sugbo
Location or address: M.J. Cuenco Ave., Brgy. Tejero Cebu City
Telephone or contact number: (032) 239 5626 or (032) 516 2205
Open hours: Tuesday to Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Entrance fee: foreign adult - 75 pesos ;  foreign students - 50 pesos; local adult – 30 pesos; local students and senior citizens – 10 pesos

Short historical story:
Museo Sugbo before was the main prison for the Visayas district (Carcel de Cebu) during 1871 and then later on called Cebu Provincial Jail then was changed to Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC). Established last August 5, 2008 it is now a provincial museum owned by the Local government of the Province of Cebu. The Museo Sugbo has collections of Pre-Colonial Gallery, Spanish Colonial Gallery, Katipunan Revolution and the American Colonial Gallery, War Memorial Gallery, Gregorio and Jovito Abellana Special Exhibition, Vicente Rama Special Exhibition, National Museum Gallery, Cebu Journalism and Journalist Gallery, Provincial Art Gallery, Cebu Media Gallery and a gift shop.

10.    President Sergio Osmena Sr. Memorablia and CAP Gallery
Location or address: 60 Osmena Blvd., Cebu City
Telephone or contact number: (032) 253 6519
Open hours:
Entrance fee:

Short historical story:
This is the former house of President Sergio Osmena Senior also known as the Grand Old Man of Cebu. This museum will show you Cebu’s history, collection of paintings, the late President’s coats, hats, shoes, official mace and his black Cadillac.

11.    Taoist Temple
Location or address: Beverly Hills Subd., Lahug Cebu City
Telephone or contact number: (032) 254 6503
Open hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Entrance fee: none

Short historical story:
Taoist Temple has been built by the Cebuano Chinese community during 1972. The temple is the center of worship for Taoism and it is open to the public even if they are non-worshippers. Some of the favorite spots in the temple are its small replica of the “Great Wall of China, the wishing well and its breathtaking view. It also has a chapel, library and souvenir shop.

12.    Yap Sandiego Ancestral House
Location or address: 155 Lopez Jaena corner Mabini St., Parian Cebu City
Telephone or contact number: (032) 514 3002 or (032) 514 3003 or (032) 253 5568
Open hours: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily
Entrance fee: 50 pesos for adult and 25 pesos for student

Short historical story:
Yap Sandiego Ancestral house has been considered in the Philippines as one of the oldest house. The house is made of wood and coral stones and was built in the late 17th century by Chinese merchants. This ancestral house is owned by Don Juan Yap and Maria Florido with Maria, Eleuterro and Consolacion (siblings). It became Yap-Sandiego Ancestral house when Maria Yap married to Don Mariano Sandiego. At present, it is under the custody of Mr. and Mrs. Val Sandiego.