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Friday, August 19, 2011

Magellan's Cross in Cebu City

Magellan's Cross was planted on April 14, 1521 to mark a spot in Cebu City. It is also a symbol of the birth of Christianism in Philippines after the baptismal of Rajah Humabon, his wife Queen Juana and 800 natives of Cebu. The oldest cross in the Philippines is now housed in a small chapel near to the Basilica Minore del Santo Nino in Magallanes Street in front of Cebu City Hall.

The encrypted sign below the cross describes the original cross is encased in the Tindalo wood cross displayed on the center of the chapel. This is to protect the original cross from the people who wants to chipped some part of it as souvenir or in the belief that the cross possesses miraculous power. Some people believe that the cross seen inside the kiosk is just a replica, that  the original was already destroyed or lost.

Magellan's cross is one of the tourist attractions in Cebu and one of the oldest memento from the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan.

Magellan's Cross inside the Kiosk in Magellan St, Cebu City Philippines
The description of Magellan's cross encrypted on stone
The chapel where Magellan's Cross was kept
Magellan's Cross description

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