Magellan's Cross

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Magellan's Cross is a historical site in Cebu. It is a wooden cross said to have been planted by explorer Ferdinand Magellan, marking the arrival of the Christian religion in the Philippines.

Location

The 500-year-old cross is now housed inside a small chapel or kiosk located across from the Cebu City Hall along Magellanes Street, beside the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño. A mural—done by Jess Roa and Serry M. Josol—can be found on the ceiling of the ornate Spanish pavilion that depicts Magellan erecting the cross. Magellan’s Cross is within a short walking distance from other historic sites of Cebu including Fort San Pedro and the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral.

The original cross brought by Magellan is encased in a tindalo wood cross that stands at the center of the chapel. This was done to protect the original cross from devotees who, believing the cross to be miraculous, started chipping off pieces of it. This is the second most venerated religious relic in Cebu, next to the Santo Niño.

Damage and Restoration

In 2016, the heritage sites damaged in the 2013 Bohol Earthquake were turned over. The 7.3-magnitude earthquake rocked the entire Central Visayas on 15 October 2013. 222 lives were lost, more than 1,000 were injured, and hundreds of properties including the heritage sites in Cebu were damaged.

The National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) funded the restoration of Cebu’s heritage sites, with the belfry restoration reached more than P30 million and P3 million for the Magellan’s Cross”.


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