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“Just a bit of history in Fort Santiago” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Fort Santiago

Fort Santiago
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$68.00*
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Private Half-Day Tour of Old Manila
Ranked #4 of 128 things to do in Manila
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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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Manila, Philippines
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“Just a bit of history in Fort Santiago”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2013

While Fort Santiago speaks of Philippine history, it should add more than what tourists can see there right now.

Visited March 2013
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“Dungeons and Chambers”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2013

During the Spanish period, this is where they locked and punish the prisoners, including Jose Rizal the Philippines national hero.

Visited September 2012
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“Amazing history, the best part of our stay in manila!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2013 via mobile

We started our day in intramuros, parked our car in front of Manila Cathedral, and was quickly approached by a guide offering a 30minute "kalesa" horse carriage ride around the "old manila". It cost us 350pesos for 4 people which was a steal so we didn't bother to bargain. He spoke English, and we learnt a ton about the history of Manila which dates back to the early 1500s. Only downside to the tour was the poor horse that had to work in the heat and in the middle of traffic it was sad...if we didn't have 2 elderly people with us, my husband and I would've toured by foot. But I honestly don't think we would've learnt so much if it weren't for the guide. The tour ended in fort Santiago, you pay a low entrance fee (think it was about 75pesos) and there we explored on our own. Make sure you have sunscreen/hat/umbrella...it is hot! The national hero Jose Rizal's shrine is there, we enjoyed that the most, he has a very interesting history. Also visited St. Augustine church, the oldest in Manila. It's a beautiful place. Theres also a low admission fee to enter the monastery building, its worth every penny. Overall, intramuros/the old manila have great history and it still is preserved well,full of character. you'll be able to take beautiful photos here.

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“History all over!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2013

Jose Rizal's cell before he was executed in 1896. Calesa rides with a college professor for a tour guide.

Visited December 2012
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“Amazing remains”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2013 via mobile

This is really a must see in Manila. It is the oldest Spanish fortress in Philipine:) with ancient and beautiful structure. There are many good cafes, restaurants and shops as well. Really a highlight for our holidays in Manila:)

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