Magellan's Cross

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Magellan's Cross.

Magellan's Cross (Spanish: Cruz de Magallanes) 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) 16 (U.S. date) or 17(Philippines date) March 1521.[1][2] This cross is housed in a chapel next to the Basilica Menor del Santo Niño on Magallanes Street, just in front of the city center of Cebu City. A sign below the cross states that the original cross is encased inside the wooden cross made of tingalo wood. This is to protect the original cross from people who chipped away parts of the cross for souvenir purposes in the belief that the cross possesses miraculous powers.[3] Some people, however, believe that the original cross has been destroyed or disappeared after Magellan's death and the cross is a replica that was planted there by the Spaniards after they successfully christianized the Philippines.[1][2][4]

The building that houses Magellan's Cross
Marker at the foot of the cross


Coordinates: 10°17′35.9″N 123°54′6.5″E / 10.293306°N 123.901806°E / 10.293306; 123.901806