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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. Plan your visit to Fort Santiago and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Manila online trip itinerary planner .
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  • Had to review & brush up on my Philippine history as I took my foreign guests around Intramuros, starting off our tour at Fort Santiago. From the gates, you get to see the main entrance which sets off...  more »
  • My wife and I recently visited this fort while in Manila. It was built by a Spanish Conquistador to protect the city. The fort is inside the walled city called Intramuros. Well worth a visit when in M...  more »
  • My husband was retired high school teacher and a history buff so this is very interesting for both of us.  more »
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  • It has been a few years since the last time I visited Fort Santiago but as I remember, it is a pretty impressive structure. I do like to visiting old forts, castles and temples. For me it always feels good to actually walk around in and imagine how it was in the days, when these buildings played a much bigger role in people's lives. I sort of like to think of it as walking in the footsteps of history. I am sure that I took some photos here, so I will try to find them. Maybe a return visit would be good.
  • I enjoyed visiting the area with my friends. The experience is worth trying. The surroundings are beautiful and reminds a lot of the colonial days. Most buildings look antique with a little touch of modern. You will find that the locals are pleasant and always want to help. Overall experience was 100%. Best to have a little knowledge of Tagalog.
  • Fort Santiago should be on your list of things to see in Manila. As of March 2018, admission is only $1.50 U.S. Besides Fort Santiago, there’s various other attractions within walking distance. Fort Santiago offers a good history lesson, lively atmosphere, views of the river, & various shops. Definitely an I i retesting place to visit.
  • Absolutely love it! Took me back to time to experience the bygone eras. So much of Philippines history lies on this place. If you visit, take out adequate time to know, understand and feel the history. That's how you give your respect and appreciation.
  • When I came here during Family day, they offered free admission and tour guides would go with large groups for free, too. I think it was just by chance but if you're buying souvenirs, check out the gift shop closest to the exit (it's inside a building) not the outdoor ones. They have excellent quality products :)
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