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Address: Gen Luna St | Intramuros, Manila, Luzon 1002, Philippines
Phone Number: 63 2 527 1572
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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There's a really nice little park attached to the Fort with some shops & restaurants. The fort itself if ruins but worth a visit & walkable from anywhere inside Intramuros. Quite... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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South San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Here you walked thru the area of legendary heroes of Jose Rizal, the Luna Brothers, Marcelo H. Del Pilar and Graciano Lopez Jaena. Fort Santiago is where you see foot steps of Jose Rizal walking his last steps before he was executed on conviction of "rebellion". This is a must to see and learn the history of all legendary heroes.

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

There's a really nice little park attached to the Fort with some shops & restaurants. The fort itself if ruins but worth a visit & walkable from anywhere inside Intramuros. Quite interesting, but I don't remember there being a lot of information about, so maybe take a guide book or read up on it a little before/after.

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Quezon City, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Going back to this historical site will make one remember the past struggles of the Philippines and how it became independent. More imporyantly, the reason why Philippines is a multi racial country could well be felt here in the Old Manila... And if one, would like to dig deeper, try the walking tour with Mr. Celdran, and you can appreciate... More 

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Xinyang, China
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The grounds here are pretty well kept but there's really not all that much to see. I don't want to disrespect anyone's culture but frankly, we just found this place a little boring. Unless you're really into history then you might give this a pass.

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Canova, South Dakota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I would suggest reading up on this site prior to visiting as many areas are not explained and identified. This Fort clearly has lacked maintenance funds now and in the past, although it is a still a very worthwhile visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's always interesting to learn about the national hero of a country. This place is great to learn about the life of Rizal. He had a fascinating life which unfortunately ended in tragedy. This place has great audio and visual cues to learn about his life and understand why he is such a legend in the Philippines. If there's once... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Go to Ft Santiago and get one of the Kalesa tours there. DO NOT get one anywhere else, they will rip you off. But the tour guides inside the fort area are very knowledgeable and well worth the money for the complete tour of Intramuros

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Quezon City, Philippines
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I usually take visiting friends to Intramuros for a bite of Manila history. Each time, Fort Santiago is our first stop. The story of the walled city, and Rizal's contribution to the revolt against Spain are both fascinating when shared by knowledgeable guides or well-read Filipinos. The renovated Rizal Museum is now more interactive, and in parts a shrine to... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Preservation works well done and completed. A must see place for every Filipino to connect at least to the story about Rizal and his martyrdom. The walls of Fort Santiago and the buildings inside the fort speaks well and highly of early Filipino expertise and craftsmanship in buildings and construction. Nice to take selfies with guards in their uniforms /... More 

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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Hopefully the canals are not smelling when you come here... An historic old place of the oldest part of Spanish Manila. It is a highly historic place, where the number one national hero was kept in prison and executed by the Spaniards, which started the downturn of the Spanish Power finally.

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