Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, Cebu City

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The Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, with the original and complete title of the Metropolitan Cathedral and Parish of Saint Vitalis and of the Guardian Angels, is the ecclesiastical seat of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Cebu in Cebu, Philippines. Cebu was established as a diocese on August 14, 1595. It was elevated as a metropolitan archdiocese on April 28, 1934 with the dioceses of Dumaguete, Maasin, Tagbilaran, and Talibon as suffragans. Before being raised as a primatial church in Cebu, the church was one of the first churches in the Philippines dedicated to St. Vitalis and built near the fort in April 1565 by Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, Fray Andrés de Urdaneta and Fray Diego de Herrera.
Construction of the cathedral took many years due to frequent interruptions, brought about by lack of funds and other unexpected events. At one time, funds meant for the building of the cathedral were diverted to the Moro wars. The death of an incumbent bishop who spearheaded the construction/reconstruction and vacancies in the office were also factors.
The architecture of the church is typical of Spanish colonial churches in the country, namely, squat and with thick walls to withstand typhoons and other natural calamities. The facade features a trefoil-shaped pediment, which is decorated with carved relieves of floral motifs, an IHS inscription and a pair of griffins. The Spanish Royal Coat of Arms is emblazoned in low relief above the main entrance, reflecting perhaps the contribution of the Spanish monarch to its construction.
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  • The church is a very divine and very thoughtful place, whether it's his construction or his humanity is very interesting to explore, to feel the positive energy, and the peace of faith, can be looked up, the power of peace, the power of peace.
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  • One of the most beautiful churches in Cebu City that I have visited at the centre of the old city. The well maintained and clean cathedral shows historical past, blends with the historic community. Be...  more »
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  • Reconnect with God and find peace within your soul. Thank him for all He has done. May it be good or bad, it is beneficial to you. He's always up there, watching over you. Here, you can find your perfect peace to pray. You will be enlightened by the elaborate architecture of the church.
  • Beautiful church both inside and out. The aesthetic is very pleasing and warm. There is a golden warmth that envelopes the entire place and the sound resonates beautifully throughout the church
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