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
08 AM - 09 AM
33.79% of people start their Magellan's Cross visit around 08 AM - 09 AM
People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Magellan's Cross
70.24% of people prefer walking in order to reach Magellan's Cross
Magellan's Cross Map
Magellan's Cross, Cebu City Reviews
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.
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 where 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.
Standing under a Spanish-styled pavilion in Cebu City, Philippines is a large wooden cross that claims to be the one planted by famed explorer Ferdinand Magellan, yet some believe it is nothing but a replica. According to the etched plaque at the base of the cross, it is actually made of more recent wood which covers the original crucifix planted in 1521. There you go!
First time to visit Cebu so definitely had Magellan’s Cross on our list. If you like to know more about Phil History, this should be one in your bucket list.. ours was just a quick visit because we had to go somewhere else after.. but definitely worth visiting!!