Along with the beautiful beaches of Cebu, there are also a wide range of historical and cultural attractions including shrines, landmarks and museums. The Basilica of Santo Nino is the oldest relic in the Philippines and is a large church that highlights the history of the foundation of the convent including the statue of the Santo Nino (Holy Child), covered in precious stones and gold and protected in a glass case. Considered the oldest street in the Philippines, Colon St offers an insight into the classical architecture that dates back as far as the American era and transforms into a bustling market by night.
The oldest tri-bastion for in the Philippines, Fort San Pedro was a Spanish outpost during the colonial ear and features treasures and part of the wreckage of Mexico's sunken galleon. Located on nearby Mactan Island, the Lapu-Lapu Monument commemorates a local hero who fought in the Mactan Landing against Ferdinand Magellan. There is also a lovely beach, spa, chapel and a number of restaurants nearby. Danao City is also home to Mysteries of the Holy Rosary, Stations of the Cross and life-size states of popes.
Just a short drive from Fort San Pedro, Cebu Provincial Museum is comprised of four Spanish colonial coral stone buildings home to a number of artifacts charting the history of Cebu. The Casa Gorordo Museum is another popular attraction and is a well-preserved mansion from the Gorordo family during the Spanish colonial era. Set in a lovely manicured garden, the mansion is largely made of wood and features old tools and rotating art exhibitions as well as old living quarters, beautiful carved wooden furniture and the fascinating kitchen complete with dirt stone, food safe and outdoor dish rack.
The largest of its type in the Philippines, the Provincial Capitol was built during the American era in an original design that resembles the White House. A popular attraction, the building is especially beautiful at night. Located at the eastern end of Colon St, the Heritage of Cebu monument is a massive and very detailed sight that showcases Cebu's heritage from early Spanish explorers to the American colonial era. The Taoist Temple also offers a unique insight into the Philippines' Chinese heritage and ancestry, the remains of which can still be seen today in the local population.