The Minor Basilica of the Holy Child, Spanish: Basílica Menor del Santo Niño, Cebu City








The Minor Basilica of the Holy Child (Spanish: Basílica Menor del Santo Niño; Italian: Basilica Minore del Santo Bambino) is a minor basilica in Cebu City in the Philippines that was founded in the 16th century. It is the oldest Roman Catholic church established in the country, purportedly built on the spot where the image of the Santo Niño de Cebú, a statue depicting the Holy Child Jesus was found in 1565 by Spanish explorers led by Miguel Lopez de Legazpi. The image is the same statue given by Ferdinand Magellan to the wife of Rajah Humabon as a gift over forty years before after Humabon’s baptism to Christianity on April 14, 1521. It was found by a soldier preserved in a burnt wooden box after Legazpi razed the village of hostile natives.
The present building, which was completed from 1739-1740, has been the sanctuary of the oldest religious image in the country ever since. A full schedule of masses from 5:00 am to 12:00 midnight are held every Friday at the basilica for devotees of the Holy Child Jesus and followers of novena.

Former name(s) Church and Convent of Saint Augustine
Founded April 28, 1565
Founder(s) Rev. Andres de Urdaneta
Consecrated 1739[1] – 1740[2]
Relics held Santo Niño de Cebú
Status Basilica
Functional status Active
Heritage designation National Historical Landmark
Designated 1941
Architect(s) Rev. Juan de Albarran
Architectural type Church and convent
Style Earthquake Baroque
Groundbreaking 1735
Completed 1739-1740


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