While there are some who consider Ferdinand Magellan an antagonist in Philippine history, Magellan’s Cross in Cebu City serves as a landmark that is considered as one of the most important historical markers in Cebu City. That’s because it was established upon Magellan’s order to mark his arrival in the country. This also serves as a reminder of the birth of Christianity in the Philippines. 

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Magellan’s Cross Location

Magellan’s Cross address is very easy to find as it is just a walking distance from the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño located in P. Burgos St, Cebu City, Cebu.


Magellan’s Cross History

interior of magellan's cross in cebu

Photo source: Wikimedia Commons

The Magellan Cross history traces its roots back to 1521 when the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan set his foot in Cebu. He befriended the locals and the native chief Rajah Humabon. Rajah Humabon, his wife and hundreds of his native warriors were baptized as they agreed to accept Christianity. On April 21, 1521, Magellan planted a cross to signify this important event about the propagation of the Roman Catholic faith in Cebu. 

The story goes that during the olden times, people used to believe that the cross had miraculous healing powers so they started chipping it away or getting a piece for themselves. That is why the original cross is encased in another wooden cross for protection. This prompted the government officials to encase it in tindalo wood and secure it inside a small chapel called “kiosk.” However, there are also stories that the original cross was actually destroyed. The Magellan cross displayed here is said to be a replica of such a cross. It is housed in a small chapel located in front of the present city hall of Cebu, along Magallanes Street (named in honor of Magellan).

According to the etched plaque at the base of Cross ni Magellan, the original crucifix planted in 1521 is encased in the wooden cross that is displayed. This is one of the most interesting facts about Magellan’s Cross.


Rates and Other Information

Magellan’s Cross Entrance Fee: Free
Best time to visit Mactan Cross: Any time of the year


Tourist Spots Near Krus ni Magellan

  1. Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu
  2. Magellan’s Park
  3. Fort San Pedro
  4. Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral
  5. Taboan Public Market

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Frequently Asked Questions About Magellan’s Cross

Q: Why is Magellan’s Cross famous?
A: It is popular because the place serves as a historic symbol marking the birth of Christianity in Cebu.

Q: Who made the Magellan’s Cross?
A: Planted on April 21, 1521 by Ferdinand Magellan, this marks the spot where the first Christian Filipinos, Rajah Humabon and Queen Juana and about 400 followers were baptized by built Fr. Pedro Valderama.

Q: What is inside the Magellan’s Cross?
A: On the ceiling of the Magellan Cross pavilion’s interior, you can find a mural depicting the baptism of Rajah Humabon and his household by Fr. Pedro Valderrama and the planting of a wooden cross by Ferdinand Magellan. The artwork was done by Jess Roa and Serry M. Josol.

Q: How much is Magellan’s Cross Entrance Fee?
A: There is no entrance fee to visit Cross ni Magellan in Cebu.

Q: What is Magellan’s Cross description?
A: The Magellan’s Cross in tagalog is Krus ni Magellan.

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