Magellan's Cross, Cebu City

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Historic Site · Tourist Spot
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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  • Magellan's cross is a landmark of Cebu City, and one of the must see sights, of course. It's situated in a lively central area, but during the afternoon visit, it was never really crowded. No no...  more »
  • The Cebu City Historical & Religious ( Catholic ) Magellan’s Cross has on recently reopened since the Coronavirus lockdown restrictions...  more »
  • I have mixed opinions about this place. I’m still not sure if this is a replica of the cross that the Spaniards brought to the Philippines in the XVI century or if the actual wooden cross is inside of the one you see here. If the actual cross is inside, why wouldn’t they put it on display behind a glass so we can actually see it? Either way, it’s definitely worth a visit. It remembers an important event in both Philippines and Spain’s history where two cultures met for the first time.
  • This place still captivates my soul that I never miss the chance of taking a single photo every time I pass by in this historic landmark. Being a Cebuano this cross plays a big role in our Christianity / Catholicism. A bit crowded on weekends and during Sinulog since it is very accessible. I like that the government tried to keep this place clean but I also hope that we local and international tourist / travellers would help this effort as well.

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