Cebu Heritage: Magellan’s Cross

Magellan's Cross
Magellan’s Cross

It is one of Cebu’s top tourist attraction together with other Cebu historical sites like Fort San Pedro build by the Spanish conquistador who came after Magellan and the Basilica Minore del Santo Nino de Cebu which considers the oldest church in the Philippines. Around the vicinity, are the Cebu guitar vendors, shell craft and woodcraft vendors and other souvenir shops.

Magellan’s Cross

Portuguese-Spanish explorer Ferdinand Magellan planted this as the beginning of Christianity in the island of Cebu. He baptized the Chief of Sugbu (now Cebu) Rajah Humabon and his wife Queen Juana together with his followers. This cross is planted beside the Basilica Minore del Santo Nino de Cebu. It can be locate just across Cebu City Hall along with Magallanes St. which was name after him. Magallanes is the Spanish translation of the Portuguese explorer’s name.

Below the cross is a tablet made of marble that says the original cross encase in a tindalo wood cross display in the center of the chapel. This is to protect from the people who might chipped away parts of the cross. They believe that the wood has some miraculous powers.

However, they say that the original cross plant by Magellan was destroyed or lost. The one being displayed in the chapel is a replica of the original cross.

Battle of Mactan

Island’s chieftain Lapu-Lapu kill Magellan, in what it known as “Battle of Mactan” on April 27. Magellan died as he fight with the natives of the island because he tried to spread Christianity.

Cebu City Hall Seal

Cebu City uses the chapel and the Magellan’s cross image as a symbol of the city official seal. Likewise, other Cebu-based government and non-government organization also uses Magellan’s Cross in their logos and seals.

How to get there

This can be easily access via public transport like taxi’s and jeepneys. There are also parking spaces available for private cars or tourist vans or buses. The chapel is just in front of the Basilica Minore del Santo Nino de Cebu and also just across the Cebu City Hall.

All taxi drivers knows this place because it is very popular. Most of the public transport like jeepneys will pass through in this area because of the nearby Cebu Port.

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