Magellan's Cross3890 Votes Currently Closed
- Address: Santo Nino, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines
- Timings: 08:30 am - 05:30 pm Details
- Time Required: 00:30 Mins
- Tags: Church, Religious Site, Observatory, Architecture , Cathedral
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
- Nearest bus stop: La Nueva, Dept of Foreign Affairs.
- Jollibee Santa Nino
- Mang Inasal
- Mc donald’s
- A La King Cafe
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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 Reviews & Ratings
Did a self-guided walk through the historical sites in Cebu City. It was great! While the Magellan cross itself is nothing special, it was a nice place to visit before ending the tour at the Fort.... And the Fort is really cool minus the crowds! 😊
If the original wooden cross, as what we are told is encased in the wooden cross that we all can see, it would have been far better and "dramatic" if the casing is transparent, made out of glass or acrylic sheet then everyone can see the original cross or what's left of it. Using what seems like an ordinary enamel painted wood casing (as how it looks like) is not giving proper respect or importance to a very historical and priceless artifact. Though petty crimes in the vicinity are unheard of, surrounded by lots of vendors and even beggars can make local or foreign tourists feel less secure and comfortable.
While this cross is important to the history of Cebu and probably some religious significance to the local population, there is not much to the site itself aside from the artwork on the underside of the sheltering gazebo. The cross itself is encased in a non-descript wooden box for protection against the elements. There are usually(?) people around who can explain a bit of the history, but there are also many other tourists and bystanders selling trinkets or begging for money.
I was born Christian and visiting churches was one of my hobbies and visiting Magellan's Cross was a dream come true. As a Filipino I want to see what was the contribution of Spaniards to my country to make a beautiful religion. 👍👍👍 so If you are someone like me come and visit the place.
It never fails me to imagine how ancient people built this such amazing infrastructure, so much love for this💕