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Fort Santiago

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Address: Gen Luna St | Intramuros, Manila, Luzon 1002, Philippines
Phone Number: 63 2 527 1572
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Description: This museum and public park was built as a stone fortress at the turn of...
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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A History Lesson Up Close and Personal

You can't come to the Fort and not learn about some of the history of the Philippines. This country was ruled by Spain for centuries and invaded by Japan during World War II. Some... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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Kuwait City, Kuwait
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

You can't come to the Fort and not learn about some of the history of the Philippines. This country was ruled by Spain for centuries and invaded by Japan during World War II. Some things just have to be learned in person and first hand. Well worth the time and effort.

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Las Pinas, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

Fort Santiago is an excellent place to visit, when you like to learn a bit more about the history of the Philippines. In this place, which is a par of Intramuros, you will have the chance to walk around in a park like surrounding. Here you will learn how the Philippines have been under the influence of the Spanish long... More 

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

The Fort Santiago is historical fort built from 16th century and rebuilt many time because of earthquake. From the highest point of the fort in the back, you can have panorama view of Manila Bay.

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Staines, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

In the heart of Intramuros a great original fort steeped in colonial history from the Spanish invasion. It has been partially preserved but will need some further upkeep to prevent further decay. The story behind Riaz is not the easiest to follow and the Riaz memorial was closed off during our visit (Feb 2015) which was a shame. there are... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

This is a definite destination on the list of things to see in Manila. Fort Santiago is also known as the original Manila as it was the country’s capital during the late 16th century Spanish colonial era. The Philippines at that time was the most distant point of the Spanish empire. Intramuros (Fort Santiago) was built and erected as walls... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

The visitor center pulled the history of the Philippine rebellion from the Spanish together for me through the story of hero Joseph Riaz. Riaz was held here prior to his execution by the Spanish in the mid 1800s. Since I walk with a cane and it was a very hot day, I was glad to hire a guide at the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

If you come to Manila, don't forget to visit Fort Santiago. you can see the old buildings during spanish occupation, you can know Jose Rizal from Rizal Shrine inside this area. You can see the river behind the fort and enjoy the city. It so amazing :)

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

I found this site when looking what to do in Manila for a day! We ain't foreigners so we toured it on our own. We took a cab going there early in the morning. Since we told the cabdriver to bring us to Intramuros, where the first gate he went in, that's where he dropped us. Big mistake! Asked the... More 

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Manila, Manila, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Intramuros tour by celebrity tour guide Carlos Celdran would give you a different perspective of what is manila in per colonial times,spanish,american and japanese. he tells alot of stories jokes to make it even wonderful day for tourist.

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Cebu City, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Saw this as part of a visit to Intramuros. Very interesting and would recommend to anyone visiting Manila.

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