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Fort Santiago

Gen Luna St | Intramuros, Manila, Luzon 1002, Philippines
63 2 527 1572
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Ranked #7 of 81 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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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

We visited this place last January. Historically speaking, the place was improved and lots of new interesting areas which when I went before 10 years ago was not available. unfortunately, the Rizal's residence when we visited last January was still in renovation. It was worth the visit. You can pay like Php 75 for adults and Php 50-60 for children.... More

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

There are some nice gardens here but otherwise there are just derelict buildings. It has a history to it but otherwise there isn't much to see.

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Daytona Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

One of the most important historical sites in Manila, Fort Santiago was built by the Spanish conquistador Miguel López de Legazpi as a defensive fortress . It is the most eventful places in Philippine history where thousands of Filipinos lost their lives from the Spanish era to the Japanese occupation.

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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

I was a little underwhelmed at this site, and there was a lack of signage and information for the general public. Do this only if you're in the Intramuros neighborhood with some time to kill.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We first explored Fort santiago when we visited Inteamuros last week. We had fun here. I recommend watching the FREE video at the left side building near the entrance for those first timers so they will have a beter idea about fort santiago and intramuros. After watching the 15-20min video we paid a tour guide so he can help us... More

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Nuertingen, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Located at the northern end of Intramuros. The fort was severely damaged during WW II. It is in fact a ruin which was transformed into a nice and interesting historical park. The remaining building is housing Rizal Shrine Museum, a place where you can learn everything about Jose Rizal, the national hero of the Philippines. Rizal had been imprisoned in... More

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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

It was a very hot day but the garden by the entrace was nice. Didn't have time to try the horse tour around the Intramuros but next time definitely will. Went inside and you can learn much about Jose Risel, very interesting.

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Tortona, Italy
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

This is the remains of what once was an important Spanish fortress, the Fort Santiago located into the heart of Intramuros. You can see here and still in perfect condition some massive wall and old guns as well the remains of the Spanish colonization. Outside of Intramuros now there is only one golf course but are tangible the indelible marks... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Entrance to this park gives you access to multiple sites within, and it is quite pretty. The first part is a nice park/garden with a few shops and restaurants. Then you will come to the fort wall, which isn't big but is still pretty. Inside the fort you can walk to the top of the wall and see where Jose... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014 via mobile

I mean no disrespect at all to the Fort and the rich historical value in the surrounding areas. My first visit to Fort Santiago was in 1995. Since then I've been to the Fort about 6 times bringing first time visitors, who are friends on their first visit to the Philippines. To my dismay the place is falling apart. It... More

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