Magellan's CrossCurrently Closed
- Address: Santo Nino, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines
- Timings: 08:30 am - 05:30 pm Details
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 00:30 Mins
- Tags: Church, Religious Site, Observatory, Family And Kids, Architecture , Cathedral
Magellan's Cross - Review
Magellan's Cross is a Christian cross that was commissioned by Portuguese and Spanish explorers on the orders of Ferdinand Magellan to commemorate their arrival in Cebu during the 16th century.
This cross is housed in a chapel next to the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño on Magallanes Street, near the city centre . A sign below the cross describes that the original cross is encased inside the wooden cross that is found in the centre of the chapel. According to locals, this was 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.
How To reach Magellan's Cross by Public Transport
- Nearest bus stop: La Nueva, Dept of Foreign Affairs.
Restaurants Near Magellan's Cross
- Jollibee Santa Nino
- Mang Inasal
- Mc donald’s
- A La King Cafe
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Things to Know Before Visiting Magellan's Cross
95% of people who visit Cebu City include Magellan's Cross in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
25.44% of people start their Magellan's Cross visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Magellan's Cross
68.74% of people prefer walking in order to reach Magellan's Cross
Magellan's Cross, Cebu City Reviews
for people with cars the parking space is the main problem.. better have a driver. but on sunday. they allowed you to park anywhere and also in special events. but better still be careful because they clamp wheels sometimes.
There's a lot of history behind this cross but what you see is not the actual cross. The real one is inside the cross the we see. It was encased to help preserve it as it is already several centuries old. There are a lot of candles here too which are laid on the cross as an offering. Plenty of old ladies are friendly but will try to sell you candles. The painting on the ceiling depicts some of the scenes with Magellan.
A must-visit. What's great is that there are many attractions near/around the area. Hence you can visit many popular places in one go.
I enjoyed my visit here and the photo ops with my kids. It's nice to get to visit historical places and share them with the next generation. It does get crowded and a lot of tours are done here so it's nice to get to know other people here. There are a lot of souvenir shops here but you could actually get a few like fridge magnets and key chains from ambulant vendors.
Always gives me goosebumps whenever i am near it. I cant help imagine how things were during the old times and how it was that day when the real cross was brought here centuries ago. It is not the original cross that you will see here though but the rich history is enough for you to see it for yourself.