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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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  • August 17, 2017
    If you have a rise in Manila is just once in the middle of the city is a great place in the old days was used as a prison, the castle was the place where I was back in Spain was conquered in La Center was used as a prison and went on to use as a golf course, and right now I have
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  • August 17, 2017
    If you want to go to the heart of Manila, visit the old fortress city of intramural. I recommend Celdran Tours. For a couple of hours you get an overview of the country's history, and a good dose of e...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    Fort Santiago is a sprawling complex that was built in the 16th century. As you walk towards the Fort complex which is a couple of hundred meters from the entrance, there are quaint statues in standin...  more »
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  • June 27, 2017
    Very well maintained heritage site. Good access, nice walk and clean. Don't forget to carry an umbrella as it might rain if you visit after 12 pm. Do visit the museum on Jose Rizal, it's really informative.
  • May 30, 2017
    Manila's historic heart. One of the remaining place to feel the historic Spanish Colonial charm. I'm always in here yet I can't stop myself from making an awe over the antique buildings, pavements, walls and art works.
  • June 23, 2017
    Lots of history but oppressively hot. Air conditioned museum provided some relief from the heat as well as some interesting information. View of Pasig River is ruined by the polluted waters and poor development across the river. There were beautifully manicured areas but also spots with rubble and trash strewn around.
  • June 23, 2017
    I was expecting just old remnants of a past fort....,but was really surprised by how large the area was. Very interesting place to visit. It's one of those places that you can just shut your eyes and try to imagine what was going on there hundreds of years ago.
  • July 17, 2017
    It is a historical place every Filipino should see to appreciate what Jose Rizal went through for love of country.

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