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Fort Santiago

Gen Luna St | Intramuros, Manila, Luzon 1002, Philippines
63 2 527 1572
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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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Sacramento, California
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61 reviews 61 reviews
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

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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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

My Likes ; - Very Historic Place displaying many Spanish Colonial Artifacts ; - Lack of proper toilet facilities, no cafe area or souvenir shop. No Tour Guide, which would of explained more about the Fortress History...

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Fort Santiago is beautifully preserved and has abundance of great building, monuments and scenery to take it. We spent a few hours walking around here on a beautiful sunny afternoon. Truly a delight.

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Vienna, Austria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Fort Santiago is a good place to find out more about the history of the Philippines and the story of the Philippine National hero, Jose Rizal. Interesting and informative. I also liked the stone walls and brick pavement, as well as the view of the river and the other side of the city - less manicured, very non-touristy, but real.

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The landscape is ok, not much attracted. For Rizal museum is the most place to visit. For travelers who loves the nature only, just skip this place

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

As part of the Intramuros precinct this ancient fort has both colonial and recent history The slaughter of hundreds of Filipino prisoners by the Japanese when the Americans arrived makes it a sad place to visit .and a reminder of mans inhumanity to man .

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Manila, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This is the center of historical site of the Philippines where the National Hero Dr. Jose P. Rizal was detained for some accusation of the Spanish Government. I like this place as always make a reminder to all Filipinos for the sacrifices of the National Hero. Beautiful destination for educational tour learning about the history of Philippine Independence where the... More

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Manila, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

this is the place to best exemplify what Manila was during the Spanish era especially the circumstances of the national hero, Jose Rizal. It is also a good place to practice photography because of the landscape, plants and flowers. Of course, it is very accessible and you can ride the kalesa (horse-drawn carriage) to travel around Intramuros.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

very good history.. but didnt seem to be enough of it!!! emjoyed the history of the fort especially about the hero Rizal

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