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Fort Santiago, Manila

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Historic Site
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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TripAdvisor
  • A great place to get a feel of the Phillipines history! It's very quiet considering where it is and has quite a serene feel about it!  more »
  • Built in 1571 and occupied by various groups. It was used by Japan as a prison with many deaths. Much was destroyed during the retaking of Manila from the Japanese.  more »
  • Not many things to see but interesting about the fight, life and murder of Jose Rizal. Worth the visit but don't expect much. The location near intramuros is pleasant.  more »
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  • Beautiful place to visit. There is great history and picturesque settings. The entrance fee is very affordable. I would go earlier in the day to avoid the heat.
  • Amazing place to see. MAKE SURE TO GET INSIDE FORT SANTIAGO if you are already in Intramuros. This is where you really have a historical tour and see some amzing place. Entrance fee is maybe 150 pesos or less, I forgot. Nice place to revisit Philippine history.
  • Srudents who capture photographs are not allowed to take pictures on their DSLR mounted on a tripod (w/o permit). This is understandable but why do foreign tourists get away with it?
  • One of the best places to visit inside Intramuros. The entrance is worth the visit.
  • Interesting history behind the physical place, but also informative regarding the history of Rizal.