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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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  • This iconic landmark defines the religious roots of Cebu City and is a worthwhile place to visit. Do note that it is also a revered place where local Catholics pray so utmost respect is needed. While ...  more »
  • There was nothing much to see. Just the cross and a little work of art. Its historical yes and its nice to know that the cross is still there. But other than that, there's nothing much to do. Vendors ...  more »
  • It is a historical landmark is Magellan's cross. Large cross the ceiling wall was impressive in the middle. Women wore yellow lot around the building. Best wishes for the bars to buy 5 pesos, and women singing dancing and praying to hear the tall low cute Grandma and asked. Colors vary depending on their wishes. It was around 7. It is good to pray all colors. I wish to become rich in the yellow!. Tell the name, Granny suddenly sing out, step and began to dance. What about 1-2 minutes? I wish finish and yellow stick dedicated to cross. Ribbit and picked up the stick and hand bars are no longer dedicated to the cross, went away for the solicitation of other tourists.
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  • A popular tourist attraction in Cebu that one should include in their places to go when in the area but security around this area is loose so just watch out for your belongings & you'll be fine.
  • The tourist assistance desk officer is very accommodating to local tourists. Or maybe because my pretty officemate the one who ssked for assistance.
  • a popular landmark in cebu city that is an image of Christianity in the Philippines. It's really nice to be here and it's really unforgettable especially for first timers.
  • One of the historical landmark to visit when in Cebu. You won't be able to stay here for too long since it is usually visited by a lot of tourists. The old locals will keep insisting you to buy their candles. Just be mindful of your belongings since other locals warned us that the street childrens tend to pick pocket tourists.
  • Expect to see a lot of tourist coming in and out..nice pictures on ceilings with the Magellans big cross at the center (original Magellans cross is encased on it).

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Where to stay in Cebu City

The most popular place to stay in Cebu City remains uptown, particularly around the university district near Junquera Street station. Here you'll find a good range of hotels, hostels, and guesthouses of varying quality, but with a well-established base level representing value for money. Further north, look along Dalan Osmena to find a good number of standard and luxury hotels located north and south of the roundabout. The downtown area has more closely knitted streets, with just a few guesthouses located along primarily residential roads.
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