The San Nicolas de Tolentino Church is one of the oldest churches in the Philippines. It is located along C. Padilla Street in Pasil. It is a block away from the Taboan Market and right across the Pasil Fish Market. The church was built based on an ancient pintakasi arrangement wherein the faithful worked voluntarily. Some would also contribute materials used in the construction of the church.
The San Nicolas de Tolentino Church features a multi-colored tile mosaic of the twelve apostles made by Fidel Araneta. The colorful tiles were imported from Italy. The Blessed Virgin Mary serves as the backdrop of the altar in the church. It also features stained glass renditions of the Stations of the Cross. In addition, the interior features old decorative corbels that may have existed during the early years of the church.
The San Nicolas de Tolentino Church in Pasil is the second oldest church in Cebu. It was established 19 years after Legazpi set foot in Cebu in 1584. It was named in honor of the patron saint of the souls in Purgatory, St. Nicholas of Tolentino, Italy. The place where the church stands is the exact location where Miguel Lopez de Legazpi established the Spanish settlement in Cebu. The settlement was named Cebu Viejo or Old Cebu. It is also the place where the Spanish expedition landed on April 17, 1565.
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