Fort Santiago, Manila

Fort Santiago, Manila (must see)

The location of Fort Santiago was once the site of the palace and kingdom of Rajah Suleiman, a Muslim chieftain of pre-Hispanic Manila. The fort is shielded by 22 foot high walls, with a thickness of 8 feet and an entrance measuring 40 feet high. It's located at the mouth of the Pasig River and it was once the premier defense fortress of the Spanish Government in the Philippines. During WWII, it was captured by the Japanese and it also sustained heavy damage from American and Filipino mortar shells during the Battle of Manila, in February 1945. It was later restored by the Intramuros Administration during the 1980s. Today, the fort serves as a museum which houses well-preserved legacies of the Spanish government, José Rizal (which is called the Plaza de Armas), Rizal Shrine, and the prison dungeons for criminals incarcerated there by Spanish officials.
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Fort Santiago on Map

Sight Name: Fort Santiago
Sight Location: Manila, Philippines
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Intramuros Orientation Walk   Architecture Walking Tour in Manila, Part 2  

Walking Tours in Manila, Philippines

Create Your Own Walk in Manila

Create Your Own Walk in Manila

Creating your own self-guided walk in Manila is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Cubao District Walking Tour in Manila

Cubao District Walking Tour in Manila

The Cubao District is a wealthy part of the city, rich in mega-markets and large cultural buildings. This is the district that hosts some of the largest department stores chains. Araneta Center is a place worth seeing - both as an interesting building and as a cultural spot. The buildings are beautiful, and there are a few large parks as well. This tour will give you the opportunity to see life in...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 km
Architecture Walking Tour in Manila, Part 1

Architecture Walking Tour in Manila, Part 1

Manila contains a vast range of interesting landmarks, palaces and many interesting buildings with an important history and unique design. Take the following tour to see the most outstanding landmarks in Manila!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
Intramuros Orientation Walk

Intramuros Orientation Walk

Intramuros, a historic walled area within Manila, is the only part of the city where old Spanish-era influences are still plentiful. Complete with the Fort Santiago, the area has been a designated National Historic Landmark since 1951. Other than the Fort, it is also home to a number of grand churches built by different religious orders. To learn more about the historically-rich Intramuros...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 km
Places of Worship in Manila, Part I

Places of Worship in Manila, Part I

Manila is a wonderful city. Part of its beauty consists of many glorious buildings. Religious buildings in Manila have a special way of attracting many visitors. Unique architecture, a delicate mixture of styles and exclusive interiors make these edifices shine in the sun and create an extremely attractive venue. Take this tour to see and admire some of the most stunning places of worship in...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 km
Traditional Markets Tour in Manila

Traditional Markets Tour in Manila

Traditional markets in any country have their own specific kind of life. The Philippines is a wonderful country which offers many unusual things to visitors. Manila markets offer a glance into the true life and habits of the people. Only here can you find authentic products, the real Filipino people and hear the real language. Manila markets sell unique things, things that no shop can provide.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.5 km
Museums in Manila, Self-Guided Tour

Museums in Manila, Self-Guided Tour

Every country has its own history, habits and special things. As Manila is the capital of the Philippines - it is most beneficial to visit these museum first. In order to meet the locals, the Philippine way of life - we made this guide to include museums that best describe the history, traditions and habits of the local people. Beautiful buildings hide secrets of the past - and you are welcome to...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.9 km

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