Guarding the strategic mouth of the River Pasig, Fort Santiago played an important role as the citadel of Intramuros, the old city of Manila, and the seat of Spanish rule. Dedicated to Saint James the Moor-Slayer, the fort served as the key defense fortress for Spaniards, defending the most important spice trade port for 333 years. Nearly triangular and 620 m (2,030 ft) around, the stone-walled complex with an impressive carved gate now houses muzzle-loading canons and World War II grenades, set in a lovely, well-manicured garden with a water fountain. You can see the brass steps that commemorate Jose Rizal’s last walk to the firing squad, while Rizal Shrine displays a collection of memorabilia from the national hero’s life. Plan your visit to Fort Santiago and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Manila online trip itinerary planner.
Tours to Fort Santiago
Experience Intramuros with bamboo bicycle - Ecotours BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $36
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Private Half-Day Makati (Old Manila) with Intramuros BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $112
Duration: 4 to 5 hours
Private Half-Day Shore Excursion in Manila BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $110
Duration: 4 hours
Fort Santiago reviews
Hi if you will be in Manila it's nice to go for For Santiago It's most important historical place in Manila. One of the Philippine national heroes, was imprisoned here before his execution in 1896. It is only a few meters away from the Manila Cathedral so good to see both and it's nice park if you coming late you'll see magical shining lamps in the park. In the center of the park is a fountain and children are playing.
It is one of the most historic Place in Manila.. There are also museums inside that shows important part of Jose Rizal s life.. Architectural design and materials of the location is unimaginably amazing for its strength and current situation..
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