Magellan's Cross, Cebu City

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Housed in a small octagonal chapel in downtown Cebu, Magellan's Cross stands under a ceiling depicting images of the Portuguese adventurer’s arrival to the Philippines and his blood pact with Rajah Humabon. Believed to be the cross planted by the Portuguese and the Spaniards on Magellan’s orders, after the first ever mass conducted in the Philippines by fleet chaplain Pedro Valderrama in 1521, the original cross is encased by a second cross, made from tindalo wood. The chapel sits close to a basilica, and also to the place where an important image of Jesus was reportedly discovered in the mid-16th century. Our Cebu City day trip planning site makes visiting Magellan's Cross and other Cebu City attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • It's definitely worth a visit. It's free! A lot of historical value has been embedded into this landmark and now has become a popular tourist attraction in Cebu. It doesn't take long to visit, maybe 2...  more »
  • Pinpoint is the place to explore. We were building location opened just a little. Bright and into the shade of a tree is hot during the day, and is feeling emotionally refreshing. When you want to cool off in earnest between the Church and because Baker, rest in hope. Broth of sinigang incidentally sells in the dining room there is very cheap at 60 piso, but very delicious it is once you want to our taste.
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  • Small venue, located next to the basilica of Santo Nino, its the internet there is a cross that looks like it contains fragments of the original one that Magellan planted on his arrival here in Cebu. There are local women looking to see you bunch of candles ... If you are nearby you can go for a look ... Small place, near the Basilica of Santo Nino, at its internet there is a cross that seems to contain fragments of the original that Magellan had planted when he arrived here in Cebu. There are local women trying to see you bunch of candles ... If you are nearby you can go for a look ...
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  • Come early if you want to take photos. It gets crowded, especially late afternoon. Do note that people offer prayers here, so be mindful. Beautifully lighted early morning and at night. To think that the original cross planted by Magellan when he first arrived in the Philippines is encased inside the wooden cross is amazing. rainbowjournal
  • The painting on the ceiling is cool. But using wood to encase a wood that people looks for is simply "hiding." Protection or conservation, call it in any names. Still, it is hiding. What about glass? Do we can literally see the cross that Magellan planned. Isn't it the shrine for? Just a suggestion.
  • Magellan’s Cross holds a very big part of the history of Cebu. It is believed to be a Christian cross planted by the Portuguese and Spanish explorers headed by Ferdinand Magellan. It was planted upon their arrival in Cebu on March 15, 1521. That day also marked the birth of Christianity in the land.   The original cross was believed by the people of old to have miraculous healing powers so they started chipping it away. Because of that, the government officials was prompted to supposedly encased it in another wooden cross made from tindalo.It is now housed in a small chapel. Rumors say though that the original cross was destroyed or disappeared after the death of Magellan.   Today, the cross is housed in an octagonal pavilion called the “kiosk”.  It is one of the main attractions for tourists because it is a part of country’s history.
  • Magellan's Cross at night is lit! I like where they put the lights. It's crowded but people give way if you want to take a pic. Vendors is not near they're a few steps back which is a good thing. Can't wait to go back in Cebu City (in daytime). #LetsGuide
  • One of the country's prime landmarks. Magellans cross can get super crowded but it made our vusit more challenging and fun. There are ladies who will pray for you next to the shrine and I bet their prayers are pretty powerful. My friend paid them to pray for his upcoming board exam and he passed.
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