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“Fortress within the city”
Review of Fort Santiago

Fort Santiago
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Private Half-Day Tour of Old Manila
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Introduction to Philippine History Art and Cuisine Walking Tour
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Private Half-Day Manila City Tour
Ranked #4 of 139 things to do in Manila
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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Manila, Philippines
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“Fortress within the city”
Reviewed 18 April 2014

To fully understand the history of the place join the "walk this way tour" by Carlos Celdran which you can easily find just after the main gate or check his website for schedules.

Visited December 2013
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Manila, Philippines
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“Exploring the Philippines' Spanish Influence”
Reviewed 17 April 2014 via mobile

Fort Santiago boasts of a somber, yet awe-inspiring story of the country's Spanish influence and the imprisonment of the Philippines' national hero, Jose Rizal. Staff are dressed in military costumes and you get to view gallery upon gallery of memorabilia which all add to the feeling of being able to experience this historical period as it was. For those who prefer to explore historical sites in your own pace and time without the benefit of guides, this is the place for you.

Visited March 2014
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Manila, Philippines
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“Historical”
Reviewed 17 April 2014 via mobile

It's good to visit place like this , this will bring you to the past! Feel what it's like living life before!

Visited October 2013
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Manila, Philippines
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“Visiting Old Manila”
Reviewed 16 April 2014

If you want to check out some relics from Jose Rizal's era, you can see them in a gallery/museum in Fort Santiago. You can also see his old quarters & the other holding cells where the prisoners at that time were kept before being persecuted. It is also a walking distance from the similarly famous Manila Cathedral & a short taxi ride away (about 5-10mins depending on the traffic) from Luneta Park & Manila Ocean Park(behind the Manila Grand Stand).

Visited January 2014
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“Fort Santiago visit”
Reviewed 15 April 2014

The main draw card (Jose Rizal Museum) was closed and under renovation.
They could have put a sign at the entrance saying it was closed for renovations. It was only after you paid the entrance fee did you see a sign, notifying of the said renovation.

Visited December 2013
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