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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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  • Historical place that left a lot of memories during the 3 decades of Spanish Rule in the country. Well preserved for the now generations to see. It is accessible by public transportation that will tak...  more »
  • For a small entrance fee, we got to visit this defence fortress built by the Spanish as part of Intramuros, the old walled city of Manila. Fort Santiago encapsulates Filipino history from Spanish time...  more »
  • A must see when you visit Manila. Nice to walk around and see the Spanish influence and the Spanish fort.  more »
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  • I would say this is probably the best place to visit in Manila, not just because of historical importance but also because of sceneries around the Fort. Walking around this fort gives you glimpses of Spanish history which is quite different and unique compared to French and British. Do watch for underground prisons and ammunition storage and read the signboards for reason they were constructed underground. The is also a small museum inside the fort which is worth the time. Overall its leaves you refreshed once you have completed your tour.
  • What a great place..the historical walls, small little church, the Dr Risal shrine museum, the history that it contain it's courageous and amazing. Went back in time with the history of this fortress, walking the step that are market down and imagine all the suffering,horror but also Courage that hide in this place. You can walk around for hours, take a sit and a deep breathe and go back in time of just enjoy the magnificent view of it perimeter...
  • The last time I was here I was able to bring my dog all the way inside the Fort area (but not inside the museum of Jose Rizal). For that alone this place gets high marks from me! However some parts of the Fort look unkempt and run-down. But in general, it is a lovely park/museumand a wonderful place for photography. You can also really feel the spirit of our national hero as you walk through the place. There is a section where they retrace the footsteps of Rizal as he was taken from his jail cell to the firing range. There are permanent footprints in the ground. And a very lifelike statue of him helps you imagine what he must have gone through in the last minutes of his life. Very humbling. Advice to people who know nothing about the history of Fort Santiago: get a tour guide. Just ask the tour desk. Or read up online.
  • Dramatic improvements made since my last visit. More pedestrian friendly. Better use of space and seemingly brand new board walk at the river's edge fronting the fortress walls.
  • The fort is a good starting point to learn about Manila's history. I particularly enjoyed the Rizal museum.

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