220px-Magellans_cross_entranceThe Cross of Magellan is a popular historical landmark and tourist attraction in the middle
of busy Magellanes Street.

This important symbol of Cebu was planted by Magellan in April 14, 1521 when he baptised the first Christian Filipinos, RajahHumabon and Queen Juana and about 400 followers into the Catholic faith.

The cross is now housed in a roofed kiosk in Magallanes Street.
To protect it further, the original cross was encased in a cross of hollow tindalo wood which still stands today.

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The crypt’s ceiling is beautifully painted with a scene depicting the landing of Magellan in Cebu in 1521 and the planting of the original cross on the shore.

Among the devotees it is an old practice to drop coins or put light candles at the foot
of the cross.
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