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Fort Santiago

Gen Luna St | Intramuros, Manila, Luzon 1002, Philippines
63 2 527 1572
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Ranked #5 of 69 Attractions in Manila
Type: Historic Sites, Parks, Cultural
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, Parks, Cultural
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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014 NEW

Nothing special, but if you are there maybe it is worth spending 30 minutes or so, walking around. The Pasig river below seems very dirty. The view of the city across the river is hazy because of the air pollution.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014 NEW

We walked around not knowing the history of Manila but after some time in the fort, I know want to know more. It is very interesting and we did not feel that we needed a guide.

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Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014 NEW

This fort in in terrible condition and needs some serious restoration. But it has important historical significance for Manila, so, in that respect, is worthwhile to visit. Both Spain and the United States have used it as a defensive base. Spain also kept prisoners here. Japan held the fort during its occupation in World War II. After paying the P... More 

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Baguio, Philippines
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

The guides made this fort more interesting and fun - the fort itself, by world standards, is young - barely 300 years old. It was the center of Spanish colonial rule for the last century (before that, it was Cebu which was the administrative center). The enthusiastic guides made the fort visit more fun as they pointed out the various... More 

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Abu Dhabi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

We signed-up at Fort Santiago to take a guided tour. Our tour guide was fantastic. He provided us with lots of historical insight about the fort, Philippine history and since we were Americans told us about the American influence on his country over the years. Our guide told us so much information I an't remember it all!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

If you'd like to get an idea of the history of this country, this is one stop you have to make. Go learn about their national hero and learn to appreciate this beautiful country!

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Malaybalay, Bukidnon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

This is an interesting bit of history near the Immigration Office in Intramuros. When it used to be necessary to wait until after lunch to retrieve my passport when extending my visa I used to spend the 2 hours visiting this old fort. If Filipinos took more pride in themselves and did not throw trash all over the place it... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

Great place to learn about Rizal and some history of the Philippines. Read a bit about Rizal on Wiki beforehand and you'll get even more out of your visit when you see the cell where he was held, where he was executed, and some artifacts from his life. Free parking, cheap fee to get it.

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Manila, Manila, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

The trip was definitely enlightening. If you like history, you'll get your fill of it with the museum and the ruins within the fort. The place is very quiet, serene and green. A great escape from the stress and noise of the metropolis

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Street, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Well worth a visit -this place is steeped in history and if you go early is quiet and full of atmosphere.

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