What is touted as the world’s longest and largest rosary in Tagum City, Davao del Norte in Mindanao in southern Philippines has become a major tourist attraction especially during the Holy Week.
The rosary was constructed out of magcomo or iron wood that is native to the mountains of Davao Oriental and Surigao del Sur. It was originally intended as a project of the Knights of Columbus to commemorate the silver anniversary of the Catholic diocese of Tagum City in 2005.
The rosary weighed 2,815 kilograms and measured at 85.5 meters long. The city claims that the Guinness Book of World Records “recognizes [Tagum City’s] giant rosary as the largest Roman Catholic rosary in the whole world.”
Each bead weighs 35 kg and the rosary was placed outside the Christ the King Cathedral.
The refurbished and renovated cathedral was dedicated on the city’s 25th anniversary celebration. It stood in a two-hectare area donated by the heirs of the late Dr. and Mrs. Juan Gonzales.
The cathedral was solely built from donations since 1993 and took 12 years to finish, in time for the anniversary of the diocese. The Christ the King Cathedral is known as the biggest in Mindanao.
The cathedral was designed like a castle. This temple of worship rests in a two-hectare land with an amazing design of towers like those found in fairy tale castles. As pillars of the Church, the statues of Saints Peter and Paul greet worshipers and tourists upon entering the vicinity of the Basilica.