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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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  • The Fort has some beautiful architecture to look at, and interesting history to read. However, some sections were closed during our visit (mid-October 2018) for renovations. It was also a tricky morni...  more »
  • The Fortress was a big surprise to me. I looked at the ruins which have a very distinct Spanish influence. It must have been so ornate in its day. The workmanship in the walls is just tremendous. The ...  more »
  • A work of art but it isn't run well as it seems to just basically be a garden and walls. It is picturesque and on the way from the fortified city to the big museums.  more »
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  • A nice place to spend a lazy early morning or late afternoon. At noontime, not so much. Although the place offers a lot of shade, global warming is sure to get you. At any rate, it is still a nice place for a leisurely walk and/or picnic with loved ones. If you don't fancy the restaurant near the entrance, you can opt for the restaurants outside, just across Manila Cathedral. There have been improvements in the site for the last few years, and while some new sections were renovated and opened, others were closed for renovation. But that's expected of any historical site with moderate to high tourist visits. An audio guide of the site would be helpful.
  • 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.
  • Historical places are always fun to visit and there is so much history here. The entire area is very nice and well taken care of. Spend a few hours here and take everything in.
  • Very historical structure. Beautiful site. Not a crowded place as well. It's a must visit place if you are in Manila. Still the pride left behind the great Fort. It covers vast area. So historical. Can take lots of pictures around the area.
  • A must see for history buffs and those exploring Manila. The Jose Rizal museum location on the complex is a must-see and very well curated. You can explore the fort, visit the chapel, and take in the history in just over an hour. Drink plenty of water if exploring on a sunny afternoon.
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