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Fort Santiago

Gen Luna St | Intramuros, Manila, Luzon 1002, Philippines
63 2 527 1572
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As featured in Manila for free
Ranked #9 of 79 attractions in Manila
Type: Historic Sites, Parks
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... more » 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. « less
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Manila, Philippines
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

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... More

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

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.

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Manila, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Walking within the walls of Intramuros is a great and quick way to grasp Philippine History, two old churches within, the Manila Cathedral and the San Agustin Church with a museum inside are both magnificent architectural edifices. There are a lot of preserved buildings and have been converted to quaint restaurants, there is a hotel inside Intramuros, the Bayleaf Hotel... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

I wish there were more guides who can share the stories behind the fort to us. We want to know more about the fort as we moved from section to section, and it will be great if there are on-site guides to illustrate the events of Dr. Rizal to us in the journey.

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delhi
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

as we are from india forts are not so big deal for us. i did not find anything so exciting there. an ok place to visit

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New York City, New York
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

When Spain colonized the Philippines in the 16th century, the conquistadores drove the original Muslim inhabitants from this site, converted the place into a fort and constructed a concrete wall that eventually became "Intramuros," the walled city of Manila. Dr. Jose Rizal, the country's foremost national hero was imprisoned here and his paraphernalia are on display in the small museum... More

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Manila, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

So many stories behind it that you cannot help but really appreciate the beauty of this landmark. If stories of culture and heritage is not for you dont go here because people who are visiting this place just want to here one thing, Why they did not go here before?

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Slovakia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

We didn't like Intramuros much, but the area around Fort was nice, clean a well kept. It was a nice getting out of the dirty and noisy streets.

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Russellville, Alabama
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

Fort Santiago is located in the Intramuros area (this is the area where many of the Spanish buildings still exist). There is a very small entrance fee to the fort. At the entrance you have a few vendors selling hats, sunglasses, etc. Once inside you will be offered a guided tour and carriage ride, After that no more hassle. We... More

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Hong Kong, China
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Extremely boring..just some remnant of the fort left to see. It takes 10 minute to finish walking around it. Only come if you are into historical stuff. In fact the whole of Manila is so boring except the huge shopping mall....you should just skip Manila and go directly to some island.

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