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.
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.
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.
More AdventuRoj Adventures in Cebu
- Cebu Heritage Monument / Parian Monument
- Yap-San Diego Ancestral House
- Basilica Minore Del Sto Nino & Cebu City Cathedral
- Mactan Monument and Lapu-Lapu Shrine
- Fort San Pedro / Plaza Independencia and Casa Gorordo Museum
- Taoist Temple
- Adventuroj Ventures Cebu’s Edge Coaster and Sky Walk
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