Attraction Fort Santiago Intramuros, Manila Metro Manila, Philippines Published on: 13-11-2015
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Why Rizal Shrine is special ?
The Rizal Shrine is located on Santa Clara Street inside Fort Santiago in Intramuros, Manila. The shrine is actually the room where Jose Rizal was imprisoned before he was executed on December 30, 1896.
Jose Rizal is the national hero of the Philippines. He was a nationalist and one of the most renowned proponents for reforms in the Philippines during the Spanish colonial period. He is recognized for being an advocate of peaceful means in promoting institutional reforms. He did not support the use of violent means. He became a martyr of the Philippine Revolution when he was executed in 1896. A visit to his shrine is a worthwhile trip if you are in Manila.
What to explore at Rizal Shrine?
The Rizal Shrine now stands as a commemoration to Jose Rizal's heroism and great contributions to Philippine history. Rizal's memorabilia are exhibited inside the shrine. It contains various displays of Rizal memorabilia, including a reliquary containing one of his vertebrae, the first draft of his novel Noli Me Tangere (Touch Me Not) and the original copy of ‘Mi Ultimo Adios’ (My Last Farewell), which was smuggled out of his cell inside an oil lamp. Visitors can view the clothes he wore during his execution, and his bone relic while exploring the shrine. These memorabilia give visitors an insight into the very interesting life of Jose Rizal. His works are proof of his great intellect and patriotism.
How to get to Rizal Shrine?
The easiest way to get to Fort Santiago is to ride a taxi. You can ask the driver to take the Roxas Boulevard route. But if you want to try the different modes of transportation in Manila, you can take the LRT and then a jeepney or a bus heading towards Roxas Boulevard in Manila.
From Quezon City, the easiest way is to board jeepneys with signboard Quiapo/Pire (either from Project 2/3, Cubao, Fairview, Proj 8, Project 6) that pass by inside Intramuros (just request the driver to drop you off within walking distance of Fort Santiago).
From LRT, the nearest station is Central Station where you can walk the foot of Quezon Bridge to rise the Pier jeepneys from Quiapo (or also from Carriedo Station where Pier jeepneys pass by Quiapo Church), only minimum fare required.
- A look into Rizal's history
- Museum Focuses on National Hero
- Informative, well presented and free
- A Very Good Place to Learn About Rizal
- A tribute to a great man
Fort Santiago Intramuros, Manila Metro Manila, Philippines
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This museum proved to be a highlight of our most recent visit to Manila. Located in Fort Santiago, the museum offers good information for anyone interested in the history of the Philippines. It features details on the life of Jose Rizal, a national hero and martyr. Boards in the first room tell the story of Rizal's life, from birth to his death in 1896 by a Spanish Army firing squad. A reconstruction of the old fort barracks, where Rizal was imprisoned before being executed, holds the museum. Rizal helped to fuel the Philippine revolution through his writings. But he supported armed resistance only as a last resort and was never involved in the fighting. He was convicted of rebellion, sedition and conspiracy. The museum displays a reproduction of the cell where he stayed until his execution, many of his writings and various memorabilia. I found some of the museum rooms to be rather dark and the lack of air conditioning made all the rooms uncomfortable for me. I had a fan with me, which proved to be helpful. Admission is free with a entrance ticket to the fort. Only three other people were visiting the museum when we were there.