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The original structure was built near the Naga River (the location of Naga’s bustling public market) but was destroyed by a strong earthquake in the 18th century.Every September, during the Peñafrancia Fiesta, the image of Our Lady of Peñafrancia is transferred to the Cathedral from the Basilica Minore, the image’s home, a religious event commonly referred to as “Traslacion”.
Located in the center of downtown Naga, it is home to a monument that honors the 15 Martyrs of Bicol.
Other museum of Bicol artifacts, culture and history are the museum of the University of Nueva Caceres, the Ateneo de Naga Museum and the Our Lady of Peñafrancia Museum.
The bell tower of San Francisco Church is one of the very few remnants from the old edifice of the San Francisco Church that mutely witnessed the historic event on September 17, 1898, when guerillas led by Elias Angeles and Felix Plazo besieged Governor Vicente Zaidin and the remaining Spaniards in Bicol, who were then at the church premises for the Peñafrancia fiesta.
For the modern adventurer, Naga offers everything from challenging mountain treks to world-class wakeboard resort which promises to leave hearts pounding and the adrenaline rushing.
Naga is also the jump-off point to Bicol’s many natural attractions like the white-sand islands of Caramoan, the whale-sharks of Donsol, and the island-gem of Calaguas.