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Fort Santiago

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Address: Gen Luna St | Intramuros, Manila, Luzon 1002, Philippines
Phone Number:
63 2 527 1572
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

This museum and public park was built as a stone fortress at the turn of...

This museum and public park was built as a stone fortress at the turn of the 17th century and marked the beginning of the walled city's riverside barricades.

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if you are interested in history at all, this will open your eyes a little to the attitude and contribution by the spaniard colonisation of these islands..... walking around is... read more

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Cebu Island, Philippines
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34 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

if you are interested in history at all, this will open your eyes a little to the attitude and contribution by the spaniard colonisation of these islands..... walking around is very pleasant and much can be seen , local guides are available and are a big help in helping us understand this era.

Thank ozbrummie
Benoni, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A quick family outing to the fort ended up being a very humbling history lesson. Really well preserved remains of the much used fort (Spanish, Japanese and American armies) and set in an incredibly historic area with buildings over 400 years old. Wonderful place to visit if you are in Manila.

Thank Robin_Clare-Talbot
Island of Malta, Malta
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A succession of foreign occupiers, Spanish, English, American, Japanese, this historic fort is situated in a corner of the 'old' Intramuros, in Manila. Bastions, shrine, museum, chapel, moat, open garden spaces, souvenir shops, etc, make a visit here a must.

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Paranaque, Philippines
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We were here as part of Carlos Celdran walking tour. The place is so much different now then it was decades ago. It is clean (you can sit on the grass) and so many picturesque spots (World War II Ruins) inside. You will also like the guards - they are in Guards uniform during the Spanish Era.

Thank Kriszel T
Birmingham, AL
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This would have been a much better tour had there not been so much construction going on. Still an interesting place to learn about history.

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Ayr, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Impressive archway gate to the fort itself. An extensive area of fortifications. Beautiful views over the river and the city from the Baluarte de Santa Barbara. Also in the grounds is the Rizal Museum which is worth visiting for background information regarding Philippine independence. (At the entrance from the street there is a handy little cafe/snack bar and souvenir shops)

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Currently under going some repairs but still worth a visit prob best to go during the day to fully appreciate it but we went at dusk during Dec and there were Christmas decorations put up which made it really nice and festive. Recommend getting a guide to tour you around as the signage and info isn't that good. Well worth... More 

Thank Samantha G
Moscow, Russia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

History of different times , even eras, is concentrated in this place. It's like a warning to people to preserve and cherish peace and life on Earth.

Thank julya407
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I took a tour of the fort and i would highly recommend it as you get local knowledge and a passionate review from the guide. Great viw from the wall across the river and beyond.

Thank Julie C
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Fort Santiago is a few hundreds of years old fortress being rebuilt from the rubble of the second world war battle for Manila. The fortress is nice to see, but the most impressive part is the Jose Rizal exhibition. For anyone who wants to learn about the suffering of Philippinos under the Spanish colonial rule and one person who... More 

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