Magellan’s Cross

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Magellan’s Cross information

Cebu City , Philippines
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Ferdinand’s Catholic legacy, a large wooden cross, is housed in a stone rotunda (built in 1841) across from Cebu City Hall. The crucifix on show here apparently contains remnants from a cross Magellan planted on the shores of Cebu in 1521. A painting on the ceiling of the rotunda shows Magellan erecting the cross (actually, the locals are doing all the work – Magellan’s just standing around with his mates). After the Santo Niño, this is the most venerated religious relic in Cebu.