Reconstructed Bell Tower of Basilica Del Santo Nino Cebu

I was so happy when I recently visited the Basilica Del Santo Nino in Cebu City because the bell tower that was destroyed by the 2013 Earthquake has now been completely rebuilt.

The Basilica Minore del Santo Nino was established by the Augustinians in 1565 when Miguel Lopez de Legazpi landed in Cebu. Making it the oldest church in the oldest city in the Philippines. Over the course of the centuries, the church has been built, destroyed, and rebuilt again. The main structure was built during the 1740s.

The Basilica is considered as a National Heritage and Landmark. It especially houses the centuries-old and miraculous image of the Little Child Jesus. The little statue's origin dates back to the late 1400s when Spanish soldiers coming back from the Netherlands, brought this Flemish-made image and popularized it's veneration in Spain. 

Original church bell made in 1750

The reconstruction was not limited to the Belfry. The rest of the outer appearance of the church has been cleaned up as well. The original church bells are on display, right in front of the Basilica.

Reconstruction was completed by March 2016 under the guidance of thr National Historical Commission of the Philippines.

After the major reconstruction in 2016

Please forgive the shaky video, I got excited when I saw that the reconstruction has been completed and that the belfry is now standing again.