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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  • The special picture on the wall is a lot of people who can take photos and buy wax candles fit for taking photos and clocking out. Fog must visit the scene
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  • It is located just a short walk from the Santo Nino Church. Getting a decent picture is quite a challenge since tourists either going to or from the church stop by this area. There are some photograph...  more »
  • A small dome supported by columns, a ceiling with beautiful frescoes and, in the Middle, the cross given by Magellan. It is good of the original cross but it is protected by a sober enough wood and dark color coating. A great symbol.
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  • 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.
  • Inside the big brown cross is the original cross that Magellan planted on the Philippine shore, which marks the first successful circumnavigation of the globe and the Philippines’ “discovery” (we’ve had people around for longer). I just wish they have a photo or a replica of the original cross. I would love to see that. Tip: use the Panoramic feature of your phone’s camera to take a full photo of the cross because you don’t really have space to move around in the shrine.
  • Loved this place so much. I want to visit this on night time... Can't wait to get back on Cebu!
  • The place is neat. There are ladies in the gazebo offering prayers and selling candles for a visitor's offering. The original cross is encased for protection. There is a passage accessible from and to the basilica.
  • The historic symbol is well-maintained. Candle vendors on the side. They took great pictures too!

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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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