Thursday, December 2, 2010

Revisiting the Magellan's Cross in Cebu City

The first time I visited the Magellan's Cross in Cebu was way back in college. During that time, we came from a class field trip at the Visayas State College of Agriculture (VISCA) in Leyte and we passed by Cebu City on our way back to Cagayan de Oro. That was, I think, 14 or 15 years ago and since then there were a few times that I came back to Cebu but haven't really got the chance to visit this historical landmark again.

 I finally got the opportunity to visit the Magellan's Cross again two Sundays ago (Nov. 21, 2010). My wife and I were at Cebu that weekend to watch the Gin Blossoms concert. We stayed at the Sampaguita Suites along Magallanes Street and the hotel is only a few steps away from Cebu's most important historical landmark.

According to history, Ferdinand Magellan erected the original cross in this site on April 21, 1521. The original cross deteriorated over the years as people chipped away little pieces of the cross either for mementos or in the belief that the cross has miraculous powers. A new cross made of Tindalo wood was eventually made to encase what remains of the original Magellan's Cross.

Magellan's Cross is a symbol of Cebu and the image of the pavilion that houses the cross can be found in the city's seal.

The history of Magellan's Cross inscribed at the main entrance.

The Tindalo Wood cross that encases the original Magellan's Cross.

Inscription at the base of the cross.

The mural in the ceiling depicts the first Catholic Mass celebrated in Cebu.

Fronting the Magellan's Cross is the Cebu City Hall.

On the opposite side are the Colegio de Sto. NiƱo and the Cebu La Fortuna Bakery, Inc.

Location map of the Magellan's Cross in Cebu City:

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