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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  • August 17, 2017
    Not as seen in pictures but interesting place. In a not so safe place of Cebu recommend going in group or tour. Interesting part of town to see.  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    The site can be seen in connection with the visit of the Catholic "Santo Niño de Cebu Basilica". Even Magellan's cross is not much to see without a guide to fortalle history.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Another must see when you're in the city. Cebu is just full of history and culture. A lot of vendors as well outside just make sure you dont get overwhelmed by them.  more »
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  • June 30, 2017
    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.
  • July 2, 2017
    The tourist assistance desk officer is very accommodating to local tourists. Or maybe because my pretty officemate the one who ssked for assistance.
  • July 12, 2017
    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.
  • May 25, 2017
    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.
  • June 22, 2017
    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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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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