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Magellan's Cross

Cebu City, Philippines
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Ranked #14 of 33 Attractions in Cebu City
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: This is the spot where Ferdinand Magellan planted a cross in the soil...
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: 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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Cebu City, Philippines
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014 NEW

Visiting Magellan's Cross is a must see here in Cebu. Although this is just a landmark it shows the history in a glimpse druing the spanish colonization and the start of Catholicism.

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Cebu City, Philippines
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25 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Last visited Oct 2014. Been there countless of times. The cross is housed inside a kiosk. It is said that the original cross made by Magellan is inside the present cross. Magellan made the original cross upon landing in Cebu and planted it near the shore. One of the most visited tourist destinations in Cebu. It is just beside the... More 

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Manila, Philippines
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96 reviews 96 reviews
16 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

A symbolic cross just when the conquistador Magellan landed in Cebu Not much to see here. No toilets, difficult parking etc. Do not forget your umbrella Unless you are a pilgrim to this cross, nothing really interesting. The same things you see in the photos. Oh yes i paid this a visit accompanying a friend, while i buy some souvenirs... More 

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Kandahar, Afghanistan
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537 helpful votes 537 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

The Magellan cross, allegedly a cross brought from Spain in the 16th Century, is housed in a unique church in the shape of a helmet of the Spanish Conquistadors. That architecture alone makes this worth the visit!

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al ain, united arab emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Located in the heart of Cebu City this is one landmark worth seeing. After the recent earthquakes that plagued the Visayas region of the Philippines in 2013-2014, this old structure is undergoing repairs but is still open to the public. It is near the Basilica Minore del Sto. Nino and you can hit two birds in one visit. Ask one... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

I'm been wondering since I was a kid if this attraction is a hoax and the purported real cross encased does exist inside the wooden cross. Hoax or not, visit this attraction for the its symbolism and the antics of women that sell candles and chant prayers for you for a few pesos. The chapel is a Cebu icon that... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

This is a small circular monument, not too far from San Pedro Fort. Very interesting and of importance historically. The Cross itself is gigantic, and the ceiling artwork frames a great photo. The story of Magellan is marvellous, so anyone interested in a bit of colourful history should see the Cross. The monument stands alone in a square with gardens,... More 

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Cebu City, Philippines
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7 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Magellan's Cross is one of Cebu's famous trademark that you should not miss when you visit Cebu. It's just located at the back of Sto. Niño Church. You'll meet women offering prayers for you or what they call "pa sinulog". You purchase their candles and they will ask you what the prayer is for, and dance humming the prayers for... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Average. It was still on going repairs when we went. So there was a piece of wood hinged together so the cross won't fall. It is something to see while you're in cebu already. Not a spot where you really need to go out of your way because it's not worth it.

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Manila, Philippines
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20 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

The cross looks gigantic in pictures but in person it's just one "miniscule" piece of artifact. Though the painting on the ceiling appears every inch significant to Philippine history, it is neither worth a revisit. Be ready too to be pressured by locals who sell candles and keychains.

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