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Magellan's Cross

Magallanes Street, Cebu City, Philippines
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Ranked #13 of 40 attractions in Cebu City
Type: Historic Sites
Traveler Description: It has been speculated that the original Magellans cross used for firewood, or used with shaboo. That is not true. The cross is still in place... more »
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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39 reviews 39 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Unless you are driving right past it and want to stop in, I really wouldn't bother. Just a large wooden cross with many candle sellers surrounding it. I understand it's a piece of history but you won't be missing anything if you don't go.

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Manila, Philippines
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

The structure itself looks average and not maintained properly. Its the historical significance of the cross that is worth the visit. Vendors are a bit pushy.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Earthquakes notwithstanding, Magellan's cross whilst obviously important is nothing much to write about. Supposedly it is encased inside another cross structure and so you are not looking at the real one at all. Pity!

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Reading, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

This is worth a look if you are in downtown Cebu. Its just a short walk from the Basilica. Housed in a beautiful old rotunda with paintings on the domed ceiling of when Magellan erected the cross and claimed Cebu for Spain

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manila
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

it's close to the basilica church so dropby here since it's also a postcard location in cebu. it would have been nice if the vendors are not that pushy to sell their candles.

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Baguio, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

It's just a few walks to Santo Nino Basilica. They need to beautify the place especially the garden area. There are benches but no shades or tree.

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Manila, Philippines
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

It's amazing to be at the site of Magellan's Cross when it was only seen in our books before. Multi colored candles being offered here are only placed at the altar and not lighted. There are lady offerors everywhere to send off your prayers.

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Columbus, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

It is always with ambiguity when one celebrates the conquering of a native people. The planting of the cross was the first step in Spanish conquest of the Philippines. It is said that the original cross is encased the current one. It is easy to see and free--and right near the basilica (which is also free except for a donation.

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Puerto Princesa, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

makes me proud to be a Catholic.... I am thankful that our ancestors embraced the faith.... you can feel the holiness of the relic.... a symbol to our strong Christian Heritage...

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Jeju, South Korea
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

It was raining when we visited this place. crowded and there lots of hawkers. I miss going out of town with the dela Paz family.

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