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Fort Santiago

Address: Gen Luna St | Intramuros, Manila, Luzon 1002, Philippines
Phone Number: 63 2 527 1572
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Ranked #5 of 79 Attractions in Manila
Type: Historic Sites, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: No
Owner description: This museum and public park was built as a stone fortress at the turn...
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Type: Historic Sites, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: No
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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Makati, Philippines
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169 reviews 169 reviews
48 attraction reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

Fort Santiago is an important historical site for any visitor to the Philippines to see. On its grounds have occurred many of the key events in the nation's history, from the days of Raja Sulayman up to WWII. It was first constructed by the Spanish during their early days in the Philippines as it commands an important location at the... More 

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Perth Australia
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Showed my daughter a very historic location in the history of Manila and the Philippines. All the explanations are in English and Tagalog. There are guided tours as well. You can have a short ride in a Klesa carriage around the front gardens 100 peso for two or you can extend the ride around Intramuros itself. On a more sombre... More 

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Idaho
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82 reviews 82 reviews
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

We really enjoyed this area. It is way to get out of the thick crowds of Manila and see some nature. We really enjoyed the history and the old buildings.

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Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
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120 reviews 120 reviews
56 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

Except for the historical part whereby the Japanese atrocities were carried out within the walls of this fort, there is not much to see as most of the auxiliary buildings around this place were burnt down. Then the famous, Rizal Shrine is within this fort. There are a number of horse carriage with their well dressed drivers waiting for tourist... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

A good place to learn a bit about the Philippine history, the bravery of their heroes and their resilience to keep fighting for their freedom. This will also give you a glimpse of what it was like back then when the Philippines was under the Spaniards. I hope they keep things as it is.

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Pyeongtaek, South Korea
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Fort Santiago is only good for an hour or so tops, however, it is packed with history and it is amazing to walk through and think of all that has happened here. Before a visit, I would recommend reading a bit about it. Otherwise, a guided tour would provide a lot of information to complete the experience.

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Manila, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Historic place...you would feel that you are somewhere in 19th century...every part of the place has its own story behind..

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

This place has special meaning to the people of the Philippines. Often time school excursion were held here to educate the new generation the importance and the significance of this old Spanish fortress. Visiting this area will enlightened you how it all began and the way of life under the Spanish colony. Not to mention the great hero was incarcerated... More 

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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015 via mobile

This old Spanish fort has plenty character and history. Considering its age, it's still in good condition. Great photo opportunity if you take a private tour around Manila.

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Brisbane
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

I didn't have a lot of time as the pope was arriving the next day. But it was a great place to just wonder around looking at the unexpected and stunning buildings and history

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