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 a cross in a small conservatory with a nice ceiling, the staff from the church are pleasant. Only need a few minutes there as not much else to see.  more »
  • Most of us studied Magellan in school. Historical sight in Cebu City. Don't forget to purchase & bless your candles inside the cross area. The church is right next door.  more »
  • A iconic must visit venue if you are in Cebu. Brilliant art works and religious value. Bring your cameras and this place does get crowded  more »
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  • There's a lot of history behind this cross but what you see is not the actual cross. The real one is inside the cross the we see. It was encased to help preserve it as it is already several centuries old. There are a lot of candles here too which are laid on the cross as an offering. Plenty of old ladies are friendly but will try to sell you candles. The painting on the ceiling depicts some of the scenes with Magellan.
  • I enjoyed my visit here and the photo ops with my kids. It's nice to get to visit historical places and share them with the next generation. It does get crowded and a lot of tours are done here so it's nice to get to know other people here. There are a lot of souvenir shops here but you could actually get a few like fridge magnets and key chains from ambulant vendors.
  • Standing under a Spanish-styled pavilion in Cebu City, Philippines is a large wooden cross that claims to be the one planted by famed explorer Ferdinand Magellan, yet some believe it is nothing but a replica. According to the etched plaque at the base of the cross, it is actually made of more recent wood which covers the original crucifix planted in 1521. There you go!
  • First time to visit Cebu so definitely had Magellan’s Cross on our list. If you like to know more about Phil History, this should be one in your bucket list.. ours was just a quick visit because we had to go somewhere else after.. but definitely worth visiting!!
  • Visiting this place is always surreal to me. A big part of Philippine history is told here. The Magellan's cross tells of the Spanish influence and its important legacy to the Filipinos - Christianity. On the other hand, this site also reminds us of the Filipinos' love for freedom and its fight for independence from foreign rule.
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