Fort Santiago

Attraction Gen Luna St | Intramuros, Manila, Luzon 1002, Philippines Published on: 13-11-2015

2 hours
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
09:00 AM
11:00 AM
First-time visit
Must see
0.03 USD

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Fort Santiago is a citadel first built by Spanish conquistador, Miguel López de Legazpi for the new established city of Manila in the Philippines.

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Why Fort Santiago is special ?

Fort Santiago (Spanish: Fuerte de Santiago Tagalog: Moog ng Santiago) is a citadel first built by Spanish conquistador, Miguel López de Legazpi for the new established city of Manila in the Philippines. The defense fortress is part of the structures of the walled city of Manila referred to as Intramuros ("within the walls").

The fort is one of the most important historical sites in Manila. Several lives were lost in its prisons during the Spanish Colonial Period and World War II. José Rizal, the Philippine national hero, was imprisoned here before his execution in 1896. The Rizal Shrine museum displays memorabilia of the hero in their collection and the fort features, embedded onto the ground in bronze, his footsteps representing his final walk from his cell to the location of the actual execution.


What to explore at Fort Santiago?

Today, this beautiful, 16th century structure is home to a shrine dedicated to Rizal, which includes an eerie set of footprints painted onto the street outlining the great man’s final steps as he was led to his death. That said, it’s not a particularly macabre destination, despite its long and sordid history. It is frequented by both foreign visitors and locals seeking a pleasant afternoon of leisure with family and friends.

Fort Santiago is ideal for picnics and scenic walks, and there are even open-air theater performances (some of the best that the city has to offer, in fact). The extensive military history and impressive architecture make it an absolute must for visitors to the city, so be sure to include it on your agenda. Plan at least a few hours to explore the grounds and soak up the long history of the place.


How to get to Fort Santiago?

By public transport:

From LRT: you can take Caloocan bound train and drop off at Central station just take a walk up to the foot of Quezon bridge or Manila Post office, you will see "Pier" sign and ask the driver that you will take off at "Fort Santiago" or Manila Cathedral (across) fare Php 8.00 per pax.

From Baclaran: take FX taxi Divisoria sign and ask the driver that you will take off at Palacio de Governador, Intramuros just take a walk across it and you will see Fort Santiago fare : Php 20.00 to Php 30.00 per pax.

From Quezon City: just take "Pier" sign and they will drop you off just in front of Manila Cathedral or Fort Santiago, fare Php 20.00 - Php 30.00 per pax.


Selling points

  • A History Lesson Up Close and Personal
  • History of the Philippines
  • A Historical Fort
  • Must see heritage site
  • intramuros tour by celebrity tour guide
3  nice days in Manila with my family

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Gen Luna St | Intramuros, Manila, Luzon 1002, Philippines

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Tips for you

  • If you want to use restroom, you have to pay money for it.
  • It's recommended to take your time to watch film about Intramuros.
  • It's good to hire a horse-drawn carriage to go around.
  • There are some Great little souvenir shops on the way out.
  • It's advised to try finding the friars in Fort Santiago and do some crazy photo shoots.
  • You should hire a tour guide to tell you about its history.
  • There are some picnic tables under those trees so you can rest.
  • It's so crowded and you should prepare your mind.
  • You should exchange money before visiting there.
    Things to do


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Perfect place for picture taking.

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not a tip, but a MUST-DO: carlos celdran's walking tour.

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Visit the Teatro for a short documentary on the history of Intramuros

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Watch the 12-minute audio visual presentation at the teatro

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All I can say is wow this place is awesome !

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its amazing what the ancestors of this country fought for. its so humbling to be there. to know what happened in that fort and what all the people there went through. i just felt in awe while i was walking around this area. it was worth spending most of the day here and in old manila.

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We were on the Carlos Celdran tour and didn't have time to visit the museum. If you do the same, come early and visit the museum before the tour so you have enough time.

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This is history. Sure....the place as a destination is underfunded (welcome to much of Asia's sites) but it walks us through 500 years of complex and dichotomous history, the more recent of which is the allied bombing of Manila in 1945, when much of Intramuros (church and fort) were destroyed. Observe with Jose Rizal was imprisoned before his walk to his execution (a long walk with his foot steps imbedded in the park named after him). Is this place perfect? No. But it is so very real. You must take time and absorb. It will be worth it.

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It is well kept and currently repair work is going on in the Rizal shrine so that is closed. You do get to see the furniture exhibition of Rizal when he was in Hong Kong. As you walk around you will admire the architecture. The canons are still kept as show pieces on the bastions. They have a cafeteria inside and the Manila Photo Club also has its room inside where they hold workshops.

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Perfect place for picture taking.

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