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Visiting Magellan’s Cross

While I was still reviewing for my Physical Therapy board exams, my friends would go to Basilica Minore del Sto.Niño church to pray and I would usually tag along with them. I have marveled at the wonderful paintings that graced the ceiling of the church as well as the historical artifacts that were displayed inside. But it was only up until recently that I discovered of another historical monument which was located just outside the church: The Magellan’s Cross

The Magellan’s Cross was said to be planted by the Portuguese and Spaniard explorers upon orders of Ferdinand Magellan. The Spaniards, as far as I can remember, were the ones who introduced Christianism in the Philippines. This cross would serve as a symbol of their faith.

The original cross is said to be inside the wooden cross that is found inside this chapel. According to sources, they had encased the original cross inside to prevent people from chipping off a piece of the cross.Though most historians believe that the original cross that Magellan had planted on that site on April 21, 1521, had long been destroyed or had disappeared after Magellan died. The one standing there today was only a copy.

 

 

Magellan’s Cross: This cross of Tindalo Wood encases the original cross planted by Ferdinand Magellan on this very site. April 21, 1521

 
Today, people come here from time to time to pray and admire the historical piece.

 

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