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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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  • Just a small place to walk and galivant.you can see how this fort was made with adobe and imagine how hard the filipinos built this place.Now its full of ruins,you can see the place where they jail th...  more »
  • Visited Fort Santiago with our friend from Australia. We availed of a tour just for the 4 of us ( me, my brother, cousin and Aussie friend) and rode on a "kalesa". Our friend enjoyed the ride very muc...  more »
  • Beautiful old stone fort. Well kept and clean. Some small areas in museum are air conditioned. Lovely sweet smelling flower trees in main courtyard.  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.

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