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“A Must see in Cebu!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Magellan's Cross

Magellan's Cross
Magallanes Street | Http://Voyagephilippines. Wix. Com/Travel-Philippines, Cebu City, Philippines
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Ranked #15 of 40 attractions in Cebu City
Type: Historic Sites
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Owner description: This is the spot where Ferdinand Magellan planted a cross in the soil in 1521 and claimed the Philippines for Spain.
Legaspi, Philippines
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“A Must see in Cebu!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

I have been in this monument several times in my lifetime, but was only now that I thought on giving a review regarding this site. I just thought that not all monuments like this are given the highest regards and appreciation as the Magellan's Cross. For us Roman Catholics, its the birth of Christianity in the Philippines! And taking pride of our religion as Roman catholics headed by the Pope in Vatican. This has been centuries old wooden cross and it is in this very site that Magellan plot the cross as a symbol of Christianity in the country.

The cross is enclosed in a very simple concrete and steel structure. The ceiling of this enclosure is hand-painted with the history of Christianity in the Philippines. Nicely painted as if it was some sort of Michelangelo's painting at the Sistine Chapel in Rome. (but of course, a much simpler version )

Iam just happy that now, I finally made this very upfront review. Go ahead and visit this site, Its nice to know that you have once been a part of the history by just being in this site.

Recommended length of stay: less than an Hour.

You might also want to visit the very nice Church next to the monument -- its a mere 3-minute walk. Go and be amused of the beautiful church most especially the interior. The church's name is the Basilica Minore de Santo Nino.
In the church's courtyard, you can see people lighting candles (of course you have to pay some peso as a donation for the candle you used) -- go and light some candles and make your prayers -- or even just wish -- who knows, your wish might come true!

Visited March 2013
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“interesting”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

We included this as part of a walking sightseeing morning with the Basilica and Fort San Pedro.
It says there is some of the original cross inside......would be nice to be able to see it in a see-through panel, The paintings on the ceiling are great. The visit was marred by hawkers and incense sellers being quite pushy.

Visited December 2012
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“Kind of a Fake Attraction”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

They allege that there are fragments of Magellan's Cross inside the big cross you can see. I'll take their word for it, but that doesn't make this particularly worthwhile. On the other hand it's right by the very worthwhile Basilica of the Holy Infant, so why not?

Visited February 2013
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Manila, Philippines
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“Must see but nothing much to see”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

Magellan's cross is one of the historical tourist attraction in Cebu and in the Philippines. It was clearly been a part of every history subjects I had when I'm still studying. I guess the teachers from my elementary years took it overrated since there's nothing much to see in it. But because of it's popularity, you have to include it in your Cebu itinerary.

On the other hand, after taking pictures you can go to pasalubong shops nearby, Malacanang of the South, Sto. Nino Church and Fort San Pedro to make it worthwhile.

Visited February 2013
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Bacolod, Philippines
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“a bit of Philippine History”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

Philippines had been colonized by the Spaniards for over 300 years. A lot of Spoanish influences can be seen around in old architectures in old cities. The Magellan's cross is a timely spot as this is the first successful noted resistance of a native Filipino towards its invaders when Lapu-lapu killed Magellan

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