Magellan's Cross
Magellan's Cross
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This is the spot where Ferdinand Magellan planted a cross in the soil in 1521 and claimed the Philippines for Spain.
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Lissette R
North Bergen, NJ216 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
If you are in the area I would stop by to see it but I would not go out of my way to visit this. The area in indundated with beggars that harass you and touch you.

It's a cross in a gazebo and it is very meanginful to the Filipino people but other than that not much to see. As previously stated only would add this to the local church visit.
Written 18 May 2024
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Jason S
Melbourne, Australia2,049 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
Wouldn't say it's a must see for tourists, clearly has significance to the Philipine people but for a foreigner wouldn't go out of my way to see.

If in the area around the fort, then go and have a look as it's only about 5-minute walk from there.
Written 24 March 2024
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BGB
43 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Meh. Swat away vendors, hawkers, beggars at every step to see a simple historical monument.
Nearby church is beautiful though. I found it mildly interesting for the historical reference and the architecture of nearby buildings. It was swarming more with people there for religious reasons.
Way overrated.
Written 12 March 2024
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pandaenthusiast
San Diego, CA11 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
- Boring
- Celebrates the conquerors of the Philippines
- Named after a European who claimed this territory for Europeans
- Catholicism was weaponized and used a tool of conquest, so celebrating this makes no sense
- Ugly
Written 14 February 2024
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Hieatsreych
Philippines1,020 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Business
Magellan's Cross in Cebu, Philippines is a historic and symbolic landmark that holds great significance. Standing in front of the cross, I couldn't help but feel a sense of awe and reverence. It's a powerful reminder of the arrival of Christianity in the Philippines and the beginnings of a rich cultural heritage.
Written 7 July 2023
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YuppieLionheart
Philippines490 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
A must visit place in Cebu. This is an iconic tourist spot in Cebu.

Don’t forget to offer a candle and pray if you visit this place.

You can take pictures on your own or accept the offer of the vendors around the area to take a photo of you. At first, I was hesitant but later on I gave in. According to the vendor, he’s also the one who took the photos of the famous celebrities who dropped by to visit Magellan’s cross. And he did not disappoint me, he got the best angle! He refused to get paid for taking photos but I insisted to give him some money as a gratitude.
Written 8 June 2023
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Simon C
Ashtead, UK762 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
This is overhyped and over commercialised. Sitting just outside the basilica, its an interesting historical note especially as Magellan landed (and died) in Cebu but little more.

Watch out for the many attempts to separate you from your money.
Written 26 May 2023
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alwaystravelsf
Pacifica, CA444 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
Cool to see for the importance of this sight but can see everything in a few minutes. I don’t think it’s original cross but good wooden replica. It’s free so have a look and the go to Basilica next door.
Written 23 May 2023
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ybo7000
Zamboanga City, Philippines285 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
Magellan's cross is one of the important historical landmark of cebu city. It's located besides basilica de sto Nino. Entrance is free. It is less crowded now than during pre pandemic time.
Written 11 May 2023
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DrNBA
Jamaica35 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
This site was a nice stop on our tour. I was expecting a little more pizazz however, when we walked under the covering, the huge Cross was there all by itself...and that was enough for me!
Written 11 April 2023
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