Earthquake damage on Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral

Pediment with cracks at the side, center and the top cross gone

Pediment with cracks at the side, center and the top cross gone

The Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral is one of the structures that were affected by the Cebu-Bohol earthquake of October 15. Although the damages were assessed to be superficial, mostly cracks at the belfry and facade only.

The present structure was only constructed in the 19th century and finished in the early years of the 20th. The belfry, probably completed on 1834, on the other hand was a remnant of a previous structure that was demolished as the condition posed a danger to the faithful.

The earthquake mainly affected the facade and the belfry, which can be attributed to the whiplash effect on the latter. The pediment lost its cross at the top. It acquired cracks at the center as well as its sides. Below it, cracks formed where the extension was attached. Note that the original facade only spans to the four columns. The part that connects the belfry and the spans at the opposite sides were only added during the renovation after the World War II damage.

A visit early January had the belfry and facade with netting as shown in the last two images.

Detail of cracks at the pediment and below it

Detail of cracks at the pediment and below it

Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral as seen from the front.

Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral as seen from the front.

Cracks at the side, left; cracks at the front, right

Cracks at the side, left; cracks at the front, right

Cracks at the facade

Cracks at the facade

Lateral and back view of the belfry

Lateral and back view of the belfry

Front and side view of belfry

Front and side view of belfry

Little crack at the body of the belfry

Little crack at the body of the belfry

Facade probably being readied for repairs. Taken with Ipad Mini.

Facade probably being readied for repairs. Taken with Ipad Mini.

Facae and angled view of cathedral. Taken with Ipad Mini

Facade and angled view of cathedral. Taken with Ipad Mini

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