Magellan's Cross, Cebu City

Currently Open [Closes at 05:30 pm]
  • 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, Family And Kids, Architecture , Cathedral
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About Magellan's Cross, Cebu City

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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Magellan's Cross, Cebu City Reviews

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  • The painting on the ceiling is cool. But using wood to encase a wood that people looks for is simply "hiding." Protection or conservation, call it in any names. Still, it is hiding. What about glass? Do we can literally see the cross that Magellan planned. Isn't it the shrine for? Just a suggestion.

  • Inside the big brown cross is the original cross that Magellan planted on the Philippine shore, which marks the first successful circumnavigation of the globe and the Philippines’ “discovery” (we’ve had people around for longer). I just wish they have a photo or a replica of the original cross. I would love to see that. Tip: use the Panoramic feature of your phone’s camera to take a full photo of the cross because you don’t really have space to move around in the shrine.

  • Great for quick photo ops. Local matrons offer to pray for your lovelife, good health and fortune depending on the color of the candles you choose.

  • Loved this place so much. I want to visit this on night time... Can't wait to get back on Cebu!

  • Many tourists, bit rundown square. Opposite town hall. There is a MC Donald's and a 7/11 close by. There a lot of candel selling lady's and a lot of traffic. We are a family of 4 and where using strollers. Using strollers there are hardly any walkeble sidewalks. Better bring a baby carrier if visiting with small children. We used an uber taxi to get back to the hotel. Uber and the Asian version GRAB work excellent in the Philippines!

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