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Magellan’s Cross

Magellan’s Cross is a must-see historical and religious landmark for tourists exploring the city of Cebu.

Magellan’s Cross is a big crucifix brought and planted by the Spanish explorer Ferdinand Magellan when he arrived at Mactan, Cebu in 1521. Today, the original cross is said to be encased inside a wooden cross found in the center of a chapel beside the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño – and this cross along with the paintings inside the chapel that depicts Magellan’s arrival in Cebu make an amazing sight for tourists. The cross is an important relic as it symbolizes the introduction of the Catholic Religion to the country.



Magellan’s Cross can be found in a small chapel in front of the old building of the Cebu City Hall.


Opening Days and Hours

Magellan’s Cross is open every day, from 08:00 to 18:00.


Entry Fee and Bookings

There is no entrance fee to visit Magellan’s Cross.


How to Get There

You can fly into Cebu City via the Mactan International Airport. You can then take a taxi or hire a private car to take you from the airport to Magellan’s Cross.


Suggested For

  • Group of friends
  • Family adventures
  • Backpackers
  • Couples
  • Newlyweds
  • Solo travelers
  • Office outing


Time to Spend

You can explore Magellan’s Cross and its chapel in just an hour or two.


Popularity and Best Time to Go

You can visit Magellan’s Cross any time of the year but if you prefer to go when crowds are lean, then the best time is during the months of July to October.



  • Sightseeing
  • Shopping



There are a number of restaurants and small food stalls near Magellan’s Cross, some of which are:

  • Blackbeard’s Seafood Island
  • Our Place Restaurant and Bar
  • Lighthouse Restaurant
  • Casa Verde
  • Beehive
  • Cebu Lumpia House
  • Jollibee
  • Mang Inasal
  • Chowking


Nearby Attractions

You can explore these nearby attractions in just a day, and do not forget to visit the beach:

  • Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral
  • Fort San Pedro
  • Kawasan Falls
  • Heritage of Cebu Monument
  • Basilica Minor Del Santo Nino
  • Mactan Island
  • Taoist Temple
  • Museo Sugbo
  • Ayala Center Cebu
  • The Cathedral Museum Cebu
  • Scuba diving and shark encounter



Cebu City offers a number of top hotels and resorts to choose from in terms of accommodations that cost around USD 18 to 177 per night. Some of the options include:

  • Cebu City Marriott Hotel
  • Sotogrande Resort
  • Radisson Blu Cebu
  • Sarrosa International Hotel
  • Cebu Grand Hotel
  • Southpole Central
  • Waterfront Cebu City Hotel

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