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Address: Cebu City, Philippines
Description: This is the spot where Ferdinand Magellan planted a cross in the soil in...
This is the spot where Ferdinand Magellan planted a cross in the soil in 1521 and claimed the Philippines for Spain.
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Historical; Just for photography's sake

The cross was covered with a canvass when we got there as it was under maintenance (they say). Full of history. Just located behind Basilica del Santo Nino, and just a walking... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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Iloilo City, Philippines
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Iloilo City, Philippines
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

The cross was covered with a canvass when we got there as it was under maintenance (they say). Full of history. Just located behind Basilica del Santo Nino, and just a walking distance from Fort San Pedro, and facing the Cebu City Hall. We just had our picture taken below the marker. No fee as it was just along the... More 

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Istanbul, Turkey
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

This is a parking with a small chapel in between the cars. The cross is fake, it's written it contains the real one, that is not visible. So ... why?

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Makati, Philippines
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

The entire area was closed so there was nothing to see. There were also too many old ladies telling you that they would pray for you, for a fee. It was annoying to the point that they'll follow you around.

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Muntinlupa, Philippines
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37 reviews 37 reviews
7 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Passed by to take a quick look but unfortunately, it was under construction/repair. I think the ceiling suffered some damage from last year's earthquake so they are taking some preventive measures.

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Quezon City, Philippines
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Magellan's cross has always been a stop for tourists. Unfortunately, when I visited this time, it was disappointing since the cross was covered with a tarp and the shrine was locked. The locals say it was due to the earthquake. There was no notice posted on what the city government was planning to do. I hope they repair it soon.

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Oslo, Norway
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

A very dissapointing visite, unless you beleive in ferytails and/or are strongly religious. Better use your limited time to go to the Taoist Temple, Tops, and have a good meal at the Angelina restaurant. The nearby Fort San pedro is also worth a visite.

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Malabon City, Philippines
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We passed by Magellan's cross last March 9, 2015 and it was covered by wooden panels as it was undergoing repair so you can't see the cross. It was damaged by the earthquake and it is only now that the cross is under repair...

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

My wife and I visited Magellan's Cross while on a half day city tour around Cebu in March and we were very disappointed to find that when we arrived at magellan's Cross that it is still heavily under renovation following the 2013 earthquakes that hit the city. What this means is that the small building that it is housed within... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

I was unfortunate in my timing as this attraction was under maintenance for the entire three weeks I was in Cebu. In the three weeks it appeared that no progress was made. I hope to travel to Cebu next year as well, and hopefully will be able to give a better review at that time

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Visited the place while hanging around Metro Cebu. The chapel is surrounded by supermarkets, eateries, shops etc. If you need to buy ferry ticket to Bohol (like I did), you definitely should take a walk to San-Miguel Fort and then to Magellan's Cross, it's really short walking distance. The chapel itself is tiny, nothing too lush and beautiful. But the... More 

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