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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Duration: 4 hours
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Fort Santiago Reviews
We went with our tour guide but you could go on your own. It was very interesting to see what went on in this country that we really didn't know. Lovely to walk around with lots of different areas... more »
So much to learn here! There is a lot of history behind these walls and the grounds are expansive. Recommended for solo travellers or even families. more »
When in Manila, Philippines you should come stop to see Fort Santiago. If you like museums and history this is one stop for you. But even if you don’t, it’s one of the historical places you’ll come to see in the Philippines. You can spend a good half of the day here. Although, they are still in the process of restoring some spots, you can see that it has been maintained. The architectural structure and characteristics are still visible from back in the day. Here at Fort Santiago you can take a tour guide, a ride on a horse carriage, have some food, and shop at their cute little stores. The staff are very friendly and the entrance fee is close to nothing when you convert to US Dollars. We really enjoyed our time here. Very educational. You can learn about the history of Jose Rizal ( a national hero). And see photographs of the past.
It was a nice experience. As Mexicans, we felt very familiar with the architecture designs because are very similar to the ones we have in Mexico for the same period, obviously it's because of the same heritage, Spaniards conquered us too. We liked the tour of the place, nice museum and jice gardens.
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