Simala Shrine, Cebu Island

The illustrious looking castle-temple of Simala Shrine affords visitors prayer and service all year, along with views of impressive architecture. The unusual site contains elevated walkways into the grandiose church, a large statue of Mary, and ample grounds to stroll around. Visitors can purchase candles and light them in prayer, with various colors of candles representing specific types of prayer. Remember to dress respectably when visiting the shrine, and resist the temptation to take flash photography, which is prohibited. Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Sibonga using our trip planner.
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  • No matter how huge the church is, you can still hear the songs and prayers from the outside which will touch your heart. I feel blessed paying visit in this Church with my family. This can be one of.....  more »
  • As you stroll along the long bridge/hall towards the church, the view is mesmerizing and leaves you at awe! The devotion and dedication of the people to create a shrine or rather a palace for the...  more »
  • The place is HUGE! We came to this place after mid day so the sun was really scorching, which made it more challenging to start the journey from the main entrance to the main hall. For first time visitors, please make sure that you are wearing the prescribed attire, which is expected when one goes to a religious place, which can be described as decent top and trousers or skirts just below the knee. From the main entrance to walkway, you will be greeted by the magnificence of the place. You can see the whole view from one end to another. From there, you can walk on cemented and covered halls in varying levels until you reach the main hall. The main hall is a work of art. Interiors which are mostly locally made are really beautiful and unique. And from there, you can start your prayer intentions and other rites which are common among Catholics.
  • We went on a weekday, however missed the scheduled mass. The monastery is still ongoing construction but the architecture will never fail your expectation. As a visitor, maintain the solemnity of the place by dressing up accordingly and maintain silence while going around the vicinity.
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