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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. Plan to visit Magellan's Cross during your Cebu City vacation using our convenient Cebu City vacation builder.
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  • Nice historical spot to visit while in Cebu. Really enjoyed how it's still well preserved. Very touristic and the colors are vibrant and it's in great condition. 
  • So, the site is even smaller than expected and little spectacular. At least, still a small place is the trappings, there to visit two statues. But it was then too
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  • Place where you can see folks and foreigners wondering about the Filipino ways of religious things. People (Sto. Nino dancers) offering candles and prayers. Stores around the church offering cheap foo...  more »
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  • You get to visit the exact place where Ferdinand Magellan erected the cross (1500s) when they started teaching Filipinos about Christianity. Would be a better experience if you went with a guide who could tell you the story. A lot of people are always having their photos taken here, so just be polite, wait for your turn, and get a good angle. 😊
  • This is just beside the Basilica Minore del Sto. Nino. Anyone can take a picture anytime; there is no fee. The place is clean although there are a few folks trying to sell you candles and other religious items.
  • Magellan's Cross is usually a stop over or a place you must see if you are in Cebu because of it's historical value. You will encounter heaps of people who will offer to pray for you for a fee. Looks really not that interesting to me but if you are really religious and believe to those orations they are mumbling/saying, then worth a try. Check the information around the area or read something about it to make your visit more meaningful.
  • Interesting historical site... you need to have someone there to explain the history... it's a little underwhelming. The place would look better without the shipping containers.
  • Magellan's Cross is a historical landmark located right next to Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu. The landmark itself is usually filled with many tourists seeking to have their pictures taken in front of the supposed Magellan's Cross (I do have doubts about its authenticity, however). The place is a haven of panhandlers and, perhaps, thieves, so be aware of your belongings at all times. There are also women trying to sell you candles. In my honest opinion, I don't think that tourists would miss a lot if they happen to skip seeing Magellan's Cross.