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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 77 Attractions in Manila
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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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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

The park and historic area are 75P to enter. Quiet beautiful park with the ancient walls on show up to the river. The fort is dilapidated but pleasant. Gardens are well presented and clean. It was relaxing and you have the option of a guide and/or horse drawn carriage. We spent an hour there.

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New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Gave good insight into the ups and downs of Manila's history, particularly the effect of Dr Rizal - beautiful serene gardens, atmospheric - definitely worth a visit.

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Beijing, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Hire a guide. Do not do this alone. If you just wan to chill, go ahead but if you'd like to know what you're looking at and what it means, hire a guide.

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Rotorua
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Wow, what a journey we went on. The Fort is so beautiful, seeing the old buildings, the dungeon and the monuments erected sprinkled around the Fort is just so lovely. We didn't do the tour, we just leisurely walked around and took in all the history. The horse and carriage rides were available but we didn't do the ride, the... More

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

The fee is low and the area is peaceful except for some school groups running around. Great to see the old buildings, cannons, etc and learn about the early days of Manila. Some wall areas and bastions are in need of repair, but the views are good and it includes entrance into the Rizal Museum. Highly recommended.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

We have been to Fort Santiago before on a self guided tour however, this time around, we opted for a guided tour which I had read about somewhere. Upon arriving at the entrance gate, we were approached by a lovely girl with Philippine Tourism offering a tour for P2000 (1+hr and okay if it runs overtime) of the Fort and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

the famous fort where our hero rizal was encarcerated, good for all tourist to visit this fort where some of the memorabila can be found. a nostalgic feeling when at that place, where history can be remember.

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Folkestone, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

This austere building hides many secrets, It was built by the Spanish and its worst period was during WW2 when captured my the Japanese . Most people of the World do not know just how brave the Philippine people were during WW2, they helped the American P.O.Ws with food and helped them to escape and risked their lives doing it... More

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Sacramento, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

The thick Spanish walls held a fort and also a dungeon. The proximity of the fort to the river caused many prisoners locked in their cells to drown when the river would overflow its banks. On one of the bridges to this fortress, the first shot was fired that initiated the Philippine Revolution of 1898. During World War II, the... More

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Pensacola, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

This is a nice piece of history. Not an expensive time. Just walk around and see the nature and history of the place. A nice way to spend an hour or two.

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