Fort Santiago in Intramuros | Things to do in City of Manila-Metro Manila

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Fort Santiago was the governmental seat of power in Intramuros during the Spanish period. Hence, the most important details of history are etched in its structures—its dungeons, death chambers, prison cells, and Spanish offices. The highlight of the Fort Santiago, however, is the intellectual giant and martyr, Dr. Jose Rizal, whose novels and public execution sparked a revolution and ended the 333 years of Spanish regime. Rizal belonged to the Ilustrado, a group of freethinking Filipinos who studied in Europe and were exposed to Western ideas. Seeing the Philippines in the clutch of Spain in the late 1800s, Rizal wrote and self-published two definitive novels, the Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo, exposing the corruption of Spain over the native Filipinos. More than learning about Intramuros, the Fort Santiago, and Dr. Jose Rizal, visiting this place is a journey towards unlocking the gifts of freedom.
Open: Daily, 8am - 6pm
Address: Plaza Luis Complex, cor. A. Soriano Jr. Ave. and Gen. Luna St., Intramuros, City of Manila, Metro Manila
Fee: P75
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Nearby attractions

Bahay Tsinoy
Attraction
0.57 km away

The Bahay Tsinoy is a testament to the painful struggle of the Chinese Filipinos in the Philippines. Like the struggles of the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in strange lands, the overseas Chinese workers (OCWs) here have turned toward each other and helped each other out to survive. The museum chronicles this struggle in life-like wax figures in the realistic setting of the Parian, now Chinatown, in Binondo. Other than the detailed recreation of the Chinese trade, the museum has other interesting galleries, including the Bahay na Bato, the typical Chinese settlement in Manila; the Ching Ban Lee Ceramics Gallery, the Martyrs Hall, Batang Tiaong, and the gallery featuring prominent Chinese Filipinos who aided in nation building and in the revolt against the Spaniards. The museum also has a library containing Chinese Filipino literature, history books, and others.

Casa Manila Museum
Attraction
0.69 km away

Casa Manila Museum portrays the lifestyle of the educated and moneyed class during the 17th and 18th century. While the people who had once lived in such a house are gone, there remains the things they have left behind- the products of their extravagance and the relics of their family values, customs, traditions, and beliefs. Casa Manila Museum, like the other houses that make up the Plaza San Luiz complex, has commercial establishments on the ground floor, and residential areas among its upper floors. The house evokes Filipino-Spanish opulence, from its ornate high ceilings and baroque walls, to its Castilian flooring, Victorian wood furniture, and tropical slats and ventilations.

San Agustin Church and Museum
Attraction
0.74 km away

The Philippines' oldest stone church, San Agustin Church bore witness to the 400-year-old Spanish rule in the country. It has weathered many bombings and earthquakes, and through its countless renovations, incorporated other influences including Filipino and Chinese designs. Octagons, gold-gilded linings, and pineapples decorating the priests’ pulpit all point to its Chinese influences. Italian artisans, on the other hand, incorporated trompe de l'oeil, or illusions, on its ceiling. Two of the salient points of the church are its bamboo organ and a hidden mausoleum, which houses the remains of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi. San Agustin Museum exhibits ecclesiastical relics and artworks, including wooden and ivory statues, Dominican paintings and sculptures, renditions of the galleon ships, and other architectural emblems of Spanish Catholicism. Since 1993, the 400-year-old San Agustin Church was designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Things to do nearby

Walk this Way: The Intramuros Performance Tour by Carlos Celdran
₱1,500

Wander with me around the walled city of Intramuros on a theatrical ride through the years 1571 until 1945. You’ll learn about Manila’s complex history as we laze under trees, snack on candy, and marvel at some of the oldest heritage structures in the Philippine archipelago. We’ll start our journey at the Fort Santiago by the Pasig River. We’ll see Plaza Moriones, the Manila Cathedral, the Plaza Roma and end our journey in front of the UNESCO world heritage site of San Agustin Church.There will be illusions. There will be candy. There will be buggy rides and theatre. We’ll talk about Filipino society, politics, history, art, religion, along with other topics that might make you laugh, cry. or possibly take offence. It’s performance art in the guise of a “walking tour”.

Befriend the Real Manila
₱1,206
Experience
Walking tour
0.64 km away

From a unique community cooking experience to learning about social enterprise, these tours allow you to discover Metro Manila from another perspective.

Why visit a Gawad Kalinga Community?

Get a unique taste of Filipino Culture
Take a cooking class, visit the market, or take an impromptu language course.

It really is more fun in the Philippines
No one does fun like the Filipinos, and visiting a community is the best way to experience unique Filipino hospitality!

Authentic stories of inspiration
Hear first-hand the remarkable stories of resilience, hope, and solidarity which have brought transformation to over 2,500 Gawad Kalinga villages nationwide.

Explore Intramuros with Bambike
₱1,200
Experience
Biking and hiking
0.66 km away

Cycle around historic walled city of Manila on a bamboo bike with Bambike Ecotours! The 2.5 hour guided bike tour goes through 8 to 10 major historical and cultural sites inside Intramuros. The tour is done in small intimate groups of around 5 to 10 people (with a maximum of 15 people). Choose from a wide variety of Bambike designs which include our signature Ligtasin Cove beach cruiser and Victoria city. Enjoy other Bambike designs as each Bambike is unique!

Where to stay

The Bayleaf Intramuros
₱3,320
Hotels and homes
0.99 km away

The Bayleaf Intramuros is a boutique hotel in Manila, Philippines that promises contemporary luxuries and conveniences. Set within the walls of the oldest district and historic core of Manila, this iconic landmark in the metro offers a high-class city abode for any traveler. It presents 57 guestrooms that blend style and comfort to encourage relaxation. Each one has five-star beddings, a 32-inch LCD TV, Wi-Fi Internet, and spacious bath with rain shower. The hotel also affords ace facilities for leisure and business. This includes a ballroom, 5 meeting rooms, and 4 dining venues.

The Manila Hotel
₱6,874
Hotels and homes
1.27 km away

Overlooking the South Harbor, this iconic luxury hotel is an 11-minute walk from landscaped gardens in Rizal Park, and 2 km from both the National Museum of the Philippines and Fort Santiago.

Featuring marble bathrooms with TVs, tubs, and rainfall showerheads, the lavish rooms come with flat-screen TVs, minibars and tea and coffeemakers, as well as MP3 players and free Wi-Fi. Palatial suites add extra rooms, and 1 has a private lift and helipad access.


There are 4 swanky restaurants, including an opulent champagne room, along 3 bars, and a club lounge with butler service. There's also a pool, a spa and a fitness center.

Citystate Hotel Palanca
₱1,600
Hotels and homes
1.27 km away

Set in a prime location of Manila, Citystate Hotel Palanca puts everything the city has to offer just outside your doorstep. The property features a wide range of facilities to make your stay a pleasant experience. Service-minded staff will welcome and guide you at the Citystate Hotel Palanca. Some of the well-appointed guestrooms feature internet access - wireless, internet access - wireless (complimentary), non smoking rooms, air conditioning, television. The hotel offers various recreational opportunities. No matter what your reasons are for visiting Manila, Citystate Hotel Palanca will make you feel instantly at home.

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