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Magellan's Cross, Cebu City

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Historic Site
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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  • If you know the history of the Philippines, you'd appreciate taking a sneak peek of this place. This is not advisable to those who want to have an instagramable picture. The place is crowded and candl...  more »
  • Personally, I feel that the excessive activities around the church spoils the tranquility and experience. Be mindful of pick pockets and keep watch on your children around the area.  more »
  • The Magellan's cross is located just outside the back of Sto. Niño basilica. Accessible by both public and private transportation and a stone throw away from Cebu City Hall. Your Cebu visit should be ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • A short but interesting visit is a must...! Give the lady 100 pesos for the candles, she will give you and your family a good prayer to our Lord... And She makes very good pictures. Trust her, it's her job and only family income..!
  • The place is very nice, and at last, I had visited the once-read-in history books, the very important mark of Catholicism in the Philippines, the Magellan's Cross.
  • It' a good nostalgic experience that keeps you ponderin' on few things...like what the original cross now looks like as it was keep enclosed in the one being displayed..also the plunging shorelines of Cebu supposing this was the actual place Magellan landed.
  • Nice historical place. I recommend short visit there. Christians will appreciate it. :)