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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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  • Really enjoyed visiting this small slice of History. Reminded me of the missions in San Antonio, Texas in the US. Doesn't take long to see everything but make sure to read the captions for each item.  more »
  • Aside from being a historical sight, the place is best for a long stroll, a family bonding, and picture taking (of course!). Re-experience the past as you see before your very eyes some revived items ...  more »
  • The fort was super nice. Very well maintained and only 30 pesos to enter! Great views and great picture opportunities. Awesome photo gallery of Cebu history! Very cool! Would highly recommend!  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • It is a historical place every Filipino should see to appreciate what Jose Rizal went through for love of country.