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Fort Santiago

Gen Luna St | Intramuros, Manila, Luzon 1002, Philippines
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Ranked #5 of 69 Attractions in Manila
Type: Historic Sites, Parks, Cultural
Fee: No
Owner description: This museum and public park was built as a stone fortress at the turn...
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Type: Historic Sites, Parks, Cultural
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 barricades.
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

Great Historic Site. You can definitely spend 2-3 Hours. Make Sure You Hire A Guide Within The Park. They Are Full Of Knowledge. Definitely A Place To Visit While In Manila. Remember That You Will Be Doing Lots Of Walking On This Tour, So Bring Walking Shoes. Drink Lots Of Water And Remember To Take Lots Of Pictures.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

Nice garden and view onto the golf course and city from the wall of the Fort. Temperature is a bit lower and less pollution than in the city.

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Malay, Aklan, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

This is one of the place I like to visit when I am in Manila. Have a history lesson of Philippines, Dr. Rizal and also take beautiful pictures in the garden.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

Much more interesting if you understand a little of the history of Intramurous. There isn't a great deal of information available there, it might be worth getting a guided tour to get the most out of your visit

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

Disappointing and unremarkable are the keywords here. You get there but you don't know you are there and need to ask "Is this the Fort? is this it?". It's that unremarkable. I don't understand the entrance fee, for what is a small garden and some derelict buildings. The museum inside is so extremely boring and focused on a bland and... More 

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Grande Prairie, Alberta
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

It is worth visiting, alot of history is present. But things are unfinished and they have a series of sculptures? that stand out like a sore thumb and have nothing to do with the History of The Philippines.

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Cavite City, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

Great getaway in Manila. :) The park is well kept and you can trace back Rizal's last steps and just how tall he was. :)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012 via mobile

Great place to visit if you have the time & this interests you. It's a nice place to wander around and see the chapel, the top of the fort with great views over the river, the battalions, art and the lovely gardens. I would recommend taking a couple of hours out to just wander the fort, take your time &... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

The partly reconstructed fort is an oasis of peace where even the street hawkers and beggars do not follow. The imposing location at the mouth of the river prompts the imagination. A lot of sad history and atrocity is also commemmorated there. Well tended and almost litter free. Worth the time to take a walk inside. Hope they will complete... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

The defense fortress is part of the structures of the walled city of Manila referred to as Intramuros. Is located at the other end of Intramuros. Spend 3-4 hours here to read and understand some history. You can the last steps of José Rizal before his execution. Also you may visit The Postern of Our Lady of Solitude inside Fort... More 

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