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Magellan's Cross

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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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Situated just behind the Basilica del Santo Nino, this attraction needs about 2 minutes of your time to visit and a quick photo.

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

Situated just behind the Basilica del Santo Nino, this attraction needs about 2 minutes of your time to visit and a quick photo.

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Dumaguete City, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

A symbol that Magellan landed to Cebu. Its always good to show to your children the historical places of your country. They won't only read it from books and actually see it..

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Cagayan de Oro, Philippines
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

One can only see the top part of the cross since it is under renovation and covered with scaffolding and tarp. I was disappointed because I went there with my son so he can see a piece of history with his own eyes.

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Luzon, Philippines
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 via mobile

I grew up seeing this in postcards and in text books, so I wanted to see this with my wife. This was total disappointment. For something with historical value, in this case Magellan's Cross apparently marks the spot where the western world first set foot in the Philippines. Not sure if that was a good or bad thing, but nonetheless... More 

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Manila, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Surprised with how small it was. Selfies with the cross was fun and challenging. Be careful as there are a lot of people the area offering to take your picture. Just be alert and don't hand your phones/cameras to strangers just for that signature shot

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Dublin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Magellans Cross is a nice site to visit there is not much to it but the history is interesting. Also it's quite close to the Basilica del Nino which is also worth visiting.

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Memphis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

As a catholic, it was cool to visit the place where "catholicism" started in the Philippines. The women who were selling those candles are rude though, so beware. I have told them a lot of times that I don't wanna buy it but they kept pestering me, it was ridiculous. So, after we took a couple of pics, we left... More 

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Antimony, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We went early morning on a Monday to visit, I hear it can get very very busy. Women hope to make money selling candles but you are really left to yourself. It was a great experience.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

It's a wooden cross inside a shrine. Only bother if you are on your way to the town hall or the Basilica del Niño.

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Cebu City, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Nothing much to see, it's just a cross. However, if you know the history, you would appreciate it. I was told that this is cross brought by Magellan to Cebu. I don't know if this is really the real one. Well, that's what it is. Anyway, surrounding the landmark, you would met ladies selling candles, foods, anything religious or some... More 

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