torsdag 11 mars 2010

Picture # 36 - Basilica Minore del Santo Nino Cebu

I made this picture at on January 12, 2010, in Cebu city, just a few days before the annual Sinulog festival.

The spectators are using umbrellas for sun protection during a mass at the oldest Roman Catholic Church of the country, The Basilica Minore Del Santo Nino. It was built in 1565. Destroyed by fire it was rebuilt twice in 1602 and in 1735. Between 1735 and 1737 by the orders of Cebu Governor Fernando Valdes Y Tamon it was constructed out of hard stone materials.

Now the Church is known as the Basilica of Santo Nino because its conversion ordered by the Pope in 1965 in recognition of its importance and that of Cebu City as the cradle of Christianity in the East.

Inside of the Basilica del Santo Nino is the most famous religious icon in the Philippines, a statue of the Santo Nino.

The statue was given to Queen Juana of Cebu by the explorer Magellan.

Photo: Anders Thorsell