Magellan’s Cross in Cebu City

A visit to Magellan’s Cross is a must for someone travelling and having a vacation in Cebu. This is a landmark in the city.

Historical landmark

Short History of Magellan’s Cross

The Magellan’s Cross marked the site where the first Christian baptism was held.

More than 300 natives, including Queen Juana and Rajah Humabon, were baptized by a Spanish priest known as Father Pedro Valderama.

It used to be an open shrine, until the cross was slowly being chipped away by the natives, because of the wood’s supposed healing powers. In order to protect it, a closed structure was built over it.


The crypt’s ceiling is beautifully painted with a scene depicting the landing of Magellan in Cebu in 1521 and the planting of the original cross on the shore.

Historical Magellan's Cross

Among the devotees it is an old practice to drop coins or put light candles at the foot of the cross.


How to Get to Magellan’s Cross

Magellans Cross is a very accessible tourist spot.

You can hail a cab from any point of the city, even from the airport. Taxi drivers know exactly where Magellan’s Cross is so you will not have any trouble with them not knowing where to go.

You will not miss it either, it is just located outside of Basilica del Santo Niño and across the main hall of the city.

If you are on a shoe-string budget, you can go for a jeepney ride that passes through the basilica or the city hall. Jeepneys are required to show sign boards of their routes, so you can instantly know which of them can give you a ride.

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3 thoughts on “Magellan’s Cross in Cebu City

  1. Thanks for sharing your visit to Magellan Cross. I’ve been fortunate enough to see much of the world, but have not yet made it to Cebu. The Philippines is on my wish list of travel destinations so when I do indeed make it to Cebu, I will make a note to see this place.

    • Hi Cabbie! I’m glad you enjoyed my post! I’m looking forward for your visit here in the Philippines. Cebu is but just one of the many beautiful places you could traverse in our country. By the way, I’ve also checked your blog, just wondering if you also offer your publication here in the Philippines?

  2. Hi, I just discovered your blog a while ago and I love it! I’m planning to visit Cebu this coming December. But I don’t really know where to start my trip, however, I want to visit the Ayala Center and Magellan’s Cross. In short, I’m most interested in the City life there in Cebu. Any tips? And also, my budget’s a bit tight. Please help me! Thank you. 🙂

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