Friday, January 14, 2011

Magellan's Cross in Cebu City
The 485-year-old Magellan's Cross is one of the main symbols of Roman Catholicism in the Philippines planted by Portuguese and Spanish explorers as ordered by Ferdinand Magellan upon arriving in Cebu on April 8, 1521 to commemorate the baptism of Rajah Humabon, his wife and about 800 native warriors who agreed to accept Christianity and to mark the establishment of Christianity in the Philippines.  

This cross is housed inside a small chapel next to the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño on Magallanes Street, across Cebu City Hall. A sign below the cross describes the original cross is encased inside the wooden cross that is found in the center of the chapel. Magellan's Cross is a symbol of Cebu, and the chapel's image can be found in its city seal.

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