The Magellan’s Cross: Symbol of Cebu

Magellan’s Cross is a Christian cross planted by Portuguese, and Spanish explorers as ordered by Ferdinand Magellan upon arriving in Cebu in the Philippines on (depending on source) April 14 or 21, 1521. This cross is housed in a chapel next to the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño on Magallanes Street (Magallanes being the Spanish name of Magellan), just in front of the city center of Cebu City.

The signage below the cross indicates as the original cross and encased inside the wooden cross where can be found at the center of the chapel. This is to protect the original cross from people who chipped away parts of the cross for souvenir purposes or in the belief that the cross possesses miraculous powers.

Some people, however, believe that the original cross had been destroyed or had disappeared after Magellan’s death, and the cross is a replica that was planted there by the Spaniards after they successfully colonized the Philippines.

Among the devotees, it is an old practice to throw coins or light candles at the foot of the cross. The cross is a popular tourist attraction together with other Cebu historical landmarks. –

Magellan's Cross

A cross that symbolizes Cebu. For people from all walks of life if you’re planning to pay visit in Cebu, so to list this must be your top place priority to visit as one of your destination in the city of Cebu. A kiosk type chapel – sacred place for prayer and meditation.

Magellan's Cross_kiosk

Location:  The place is just located beside the Basilica del Sto. Nino de Cebu and Cebu City Municipal Hall. This is close to the point of interest like colon street, carbon market, banks, establishments, shopping center, Cathedral Church and ports of Cebu.

Transportation: By means the place is accessible through riding a jeepney and taxi cab. When hiring a taxi cab just ask the driver to drop you off at this place or at the entrance of Basilica del Sto. Niño. When you’re commuting be sure to ride those jeepneys heading from and to Capitol (signage) or Mabolo jeepneys (when heading for Carbon market).

History: Magellan was killed by another Cebuano chief Lapu Lapu as they fought for the authority of Mactan. Magellan’s Cross is a symbol of Cebu City and the chapel’s image can be found in its city seal. It also signifies Roman Catholicism in Philippines.

The cross that we see at the kiosk is but a replica of the wooden cross Ferdinand Magellan and his men had planted in Cebu on 14 April 1521 to mark the beginning of Christianity in the island. An octagonal brick pavilion was built in 1834 to house the cross. Resources:


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