Temple of Leah: The Taj Mahal of Cebu

On top of the steep and winding road of Busay, lies the magnificent Temple of Leah. This temple was constructed by Teodorico Soriano Adarna, owner of Queensland Motels, as a symbol of his love to his late wife – Leah Villa Albino Adarna.

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Temple of Leah is perched atop the hills of Busay. It looks like it’s floating gloriously in the skies.

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The owner hopes to have this temple to become a landmark of Cebu where future generations of the Adarna clan coming from Leah can go there and trace their heritage.

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This edifice is likened to India’s Taj Mahal because of the story behind its construction – a husband’s grief and extravagant display of the undying love of a man to his beloved.

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The owner must have loved Leah so much. So much that he had to build this imposing structure in memory of her. That’s so sweet, eh?

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What makes this temple attractive is its Greco – Roman architecture that is very much unusual to see here in the Philippines.

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This temple has 24 chambers that showcase Leah’s lifetime collections – books and artifacts.

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This place is also perfect for photo shoots. In fact, the first and second time I went there, there were lots of models in glamorous costumes, preparing for a photo shoot.

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Although construction is still pretty much ongoing, the temple is now open to the public. Good news is; there’s no entrance fee.

How to get there:

I would highly recommend booking your trip with Go To Tops. They are a van service which offers an affordable and convenient ride to Tops Skyline Garden and Temple of Leah. Their current rates and schedule are shown below:

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