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Fort Santiago, Manila

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Guarding the strategic mouth of the River Pasig, Fort Santiago played an important role as the citadel of Intramuros, the old city of Manila, and the seat of Spanish rule. Dedicated to Saint James the Moor-Slayer, the fort served as the key defense fortress for Spaniards, defending the most important spice trade port for 333 years. Nearly triangular and 620 m (2,030 ft) around, the stone-walled complex with an impressive carved gate now houses muzzle-loading canons and World War II grenades, set in a lovely, well-manicured garden with a water fountain. You can see the brass steps that commemorate Jose Rizal’s last walk to the firing squad, while Rizal Shrine displays a collection of memorabilia from the national hero’s life. To visit Fort Santiago and get the most from your holiday in Manila, create itinerary details personal to you using our Manila vacation planner.
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  • Get to know the Filipinos through our history in this historical place. Learn the live of Jose Rizal and appreciate the old Manila. 
  • Fort Santiago, circa 1571. This place has been famous for tourists and Filipinos alike. It's becoming a dating place for young lovers because of it's romantic stature. You can try a delicious plate of...  read more »
  • If you go to Manila and pass by intramural, you must make a visit to the Fort of Santiago put you for a moment at the city's past.
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  • Amazing place to see. MAKE SURE TO GET INSIDE FORT SANTIAGO, I MEAN THE PLACE WHERE YOU GET TO PAY FOR THE ENTRANCE. This is where you really have a historical tour and see some amzing place. Entrance fee is maybe 150 pesos or less, I forgot.
  • This fort was bombed to pieces in 1945 in the Battle of Manila. There have been restorations but would serve the people of the Philippines to do much more. Not a lot of signage with explanations. The tribute museum to J Rizal is great. I loved it. Doesn't take long to go through but you get a sense of a true hero when you leave. Worth the time.
  • Great place to explire, loved the Jose rizal museum, a good dose of history.
  • Went there with my fiancee, and the place is still iconic. Although a bit rundown are the facilities and not much restoration is going on, I believe the historical value is somewhat being preserved. I'm hopeful that the old pathways and the dungeon can be fixed for exploration.
  • Seeing the history and the steps Jose Rizal took before he dies was beautiful and inspiring. There is a museum inside where they showcased the items Rizal used in writing his final letters to his loved ones.
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