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Magellan's Cross, Cebu City

Categories: Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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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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  • Visited this spot as part of our tour in cebu-bohol. Christian cross planted by Portuguese and Spanish explorers.. Very historical place. 
  • This is a very important site for the people of Cebu. Although it is only a very small site it is right next to the Basilica, so if you are visiting one you shoukd visit both. Many locals are here pra...  read more »
  • This is the second visit. It is revisited for the Magellan Cross and inadvertently in the past, forgot. Put dozens of people in the Park and Arbor is a small building. It looks and seems to merely resting. I went inside and painted ceilings are worth seeing and. There are also large cross (cross of Magellan). Centoninho Church is in front of the Church, Magellan cross, Fort San Pedro (a few minutes in the car) of recommended three places to see. However, mazelancross centoninho Church near lone women and ignore the droves of children begging, giving money to one person and everyone is rushing, so good (even is 付ki纏wa nag, so does your child feel fear...)
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  • 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.
  • Nice historical site. There's a cafe next to it that has some nice breads and other snacks. You do have to watch out for the children begging for money and selling stuff.
  • The original cross cannot be seen unless you are Superman. It is encased inside a hard tindalo wood to prevent tourist from chipping parts of the cross. But so, the shrine itself looks good. There is a painting on the shrine's rounded ceiling where one can see how Christianity influenced Cebuano culture.
  • I love this historic place in PH. The downfall of this place: there are annoying women selling candles inside. Noisy and unpleasant to see
  • Though it marks a very important historical event for our country, the Magellan's cross has sadly been devoured by tourists and locals. It almost seems like it losts its touch and meaning. The place is always crowded.
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