MAGELLAN'S CROSS

Some say that... "the Magellan's Cross may not be a sight to behold. But it's significance is more than meets the eye. For the Cebuanos, it is the beginning of something big -- Christianity. "

The Magellan's Cross was planted in April 14, 1521 by Ferdinand Magellan, this marks the spot where Fr. Pedro Valderama baptized the first Christian Filipinos, Rajah Humabon and Queen Juana and about 400 followers.



A sign below the cross says the original Magellan’s Cross is encased in the tindalo wood cross displayed in the center of the chapel. This is to protect it from people who chipped away parts of the cross believing it has miraculous powers or as souvenirs. Some, however, say that the original cross planted by Magellan was destroyed or lost and what stands there now is a replacement planted by Spaniards who came after the Portuguese explorer.


Magellan's Cross is positioned next to the Basilica Minore del Santo Nino on Magallanes street, just in front of the city hall of Cebu City.

There are many booths or small stores selling tourist trinkets, local traditional crafts such as ukelele, guitars and foods in the surrounding area, which also make it a pleasant place to browse for souvenirs and "pasalubong".



Address: Magellan's Cross
Magallanes Street
Cebu City, Philippines


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