Magellan's Cross

Attraction Magellan's Cross Santo Niño Cebu City Cebu Philippines Published on: 13-11-2015

30 mins
07:00 AM - 05:00 PM
04:00 PM
04:30 PM
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Located at the heart of Cebu City, Magellan’s Cross is one of the most important historical markers in Cebu City.

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Why Magellan's Cross is special ?

Magellan's Cross is a Christian cross planted by Portuguese, and Spanish explorers as ordered by Ferdinand Magellan upon arriving in Cebu in the Philippines on (depending on source) March 15 , 1521.

This cross is housed in a chapel next to the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño on Magallanes Street (Magallanes being the Spanish name of Magellan), just in front of the city center of Cebu City. A sign below the cross describes the original cross is encased inside the wooden cross that is found in the center of the chapel. This is to protect the original cross from people who chipped away parts of the cross for souvenir purposes or in the belief that the cross possesses miraculous powers. Some people, however, believe that the original cross had been destroyed or had disappeared after Magellan's death, and the cross is a replica that was planted there by the Spaniards after they successfully colonized the Philippines.


What to explore at Magellan's Cross?

The original Cross was encased within the wooden cross that is found inside the gazebo like structure chapel. A painting on the ceiling depicts the history of what happened way back. Try to light a candle and say your prayer.

The crypt's ceiling is beautifully painted with a scene depicting the landing of Magellan in Cebu in 1521 and the planting of the original cross on the shore.

Among the devotees it is an old practice to drop coins or put light candles at the foot of the cross.


How to get to Magellan's Cross?

Magellan’s Cross on a separate island from Mactan Island, where Cebu International Airport is located. Tourists coming from or staying at hotels on Mactan Island will have to drive or hire a cab going to Cebu City.

It takes around 20 to 30 minutes to travel from Mactan to Cebu City. The easiest way for tourists to get to Magellan’s Cross is via taxi as they would definitely know where it is located. You can also get on a jeepney with a signboard going to the city hall or the basilica.

Magellan’s Cross is located in front of the city hall and across another important historical attraction in Cebu, the Basilica del Santo Niño, where the oldest religious replica is said to be located.

Source: travelogphilippines

Selling points

  • First contact with Jesus
  • An imposing monument
  • Historical and Religious Landmark in the Philippines
  • Very interesting fact
  • Part of Philippine's History
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Magellan's Cross Santo Niño Cebu City Cebu Philippines

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Tips for you

  • - Don't forget to at least light a candle if you come here and offer a little prayer.
    What to bring
  • - You can buy colored candles here for 50 pesos and let some women wearing colorful clothes to dance in front of the cross saying some form of prayer. - There's a pasalubong shop behind it named La Fortuna-Perfect place to buy goodies for tourist to bring home to your love ones.
  • - You should go there early in the morning to avoid crowds.
  • - Do not forget your umbrella. - Be careful with your belongings and make sure you don't carry a big bag. - Be careful as there are a lot of people the area offering to take your picture. Just be alert and don't hand your phones/cameras to strangers just for that signature shot


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Did you know: The original Magellan cross is encased inside the wooden cross found at the center of the chapel to protect from people chipping the wood as souvenir.

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Magellan's Cross marked the beginning of Christianity in the Philippines. It is housed on a kiosk which later became popular and known to be one of the mascots of Cebu City.

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Magellan traveled from Spain to the Philippines in 1521, he brought with him in a wooden cross. This cross was planted at a place called Sugbu, now Cebu.

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The old cross incase in the timdalo wood is an old cross in honor of Magellan but not the Original planted by Magellan.

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Lovely visit around this area. Be aware of pickpockets and beggars. It is sad, however you must not give to one as you shall be swarmed.

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Beware of the street kids outside the cross mobbing and harassing you.

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i like it coz this was the original cross implanted by Magellan in Cebu. A truly historic Spanish-Filipino heritage.

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Did you know: The original Magellan cross is encased inside the wooden cross found at the center of the chapel to protect from people chipping the wood as souvenir.

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