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  • Address: Magallanes Street, next to Basilica del Santo Nino, Philippines

Cebu ATTRACTIONS See all

Magellan's Cross

In April 1521, Catholic explorer Ferdinand Magellan arrived on the shores of Cebu and ordered a wooden cross planted there. According to local legend, the very same cross still resides in Cebu today, housed within an eight-sided stone chapel built over 300 years later near Cebu City Hall. A large mural on the ceiling of the building depicts Magellan in the act of planting the cross. You'll see a similar painting at Fort San Pedro.

The original cross has been encased in new wood to protect it from visitors who remove small splinters of wood to take as a souvenir. Catholic devotees flock to Cebu’s most popular attraction to light a candle in front of the cross while offering up a prayer for protection. Whether or not you're religious, you should still set aside some time to visit this free attraction.

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Small-Group Cebu City Afternoon Fun Tour by Coach, Cebu, null
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Small-Group Cebu City Afternoon Fun Tour by Coach

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This afternoon Cebu city tour includes guide and visits to some of Cebu's most famous landmarks. View important areas such as Taoist Temple and Cebu Provincial ...  Read more

Location: Cebu City, Philippines
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $20.00
Half-Day Cebu Rediscovery City Tour, Cebu, Bus & Minivan Tours
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Half-Day Cebu Rediscovery City Tour

Explore the Philippine´s oldest city on this exciting half-day city tour. Founded in 1521, Cebu City´s recent development projects have given rise to its ...  Read more

Location: Cebu City, Philippines
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $83.00
Half-Day Cebu City Tour Including Round-Trip Hotel Transfers, Cebu, City Tours
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Half-Day Cebu City Tour Including Round-Trip Hotel Transfers

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Tour Cebu's rich past with century old churches, the iconic Magellan Cross, Fort San Pedro, and the 19th century restored Spanish house - Casa Gorordo. Drive ...  Read more

Location: Cebu City, Philippines
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $57.00
Cebu Historical Tour Including Magellan's Cross and Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride, Cebu, City Tours
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Cebu Historical Tour Including Magellan's Cross and Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride

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Discover Cebu's history and culture on a scenic tour on foot and by horse-drawn carriage. You’ll visit Old Cebu’s heritage sites of Fort San Pedro and ...  Read more

Location: Cebu, Philippines
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $108.94

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