Magellan’s Cross

sights / Historic

Magellan’s Cross information

Lonely Planet review

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.