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

Plaza Roma
0.30 km away

Formerly called Plaza Mayor, Plaza Roma was once the venue for bullfights, dances, and celebrations back in the Spanish era. The Plaza was strategically made to be the center of the town of old Manila or the Intramuros.  It is converted into a park in 1797, and a bronze statue of King Carlos VI was erected in 1824 as a tribute for the introduction of the smallpox cure to the Philippines. It was renamed as Plaza Mckinley in the American period as an ode to President William Mckinley.The King Carlos statue was briefly replaced by a GomBurZa statue in the 1960s but the original statue of King Carlos was returned in 1981 up to present.

Palacio del Gobernador in Intramuros
0.30 km away

Gobernador General Miguel Lopez de Legaspi originally planned for the seat of the governor-general to be on the west side of Plaza Roma. But the place reserved for the governor’s palace was not built until 1645. When the former palace built near Fort Santiago was swallowed by an earthquake. It soon became the office of the Governor-general and the supreme court. It was damaged by an earthquake in 1771. Later on, in 1835, a Spanish facade was added to the building but it was yet again rocked by an earthquake in 1863. It was the same earthquake that leveled Manila to the ground. Meanwhile, the then-current governor was housed in Colegio de Santa Potenciana. Palacio Del Gobernador was vacated once the office of the governor was relocated to the Malacañang Palace. Today, this massive complex houses different government offices as well as the Intramuros Administration.

Ayuntamiento de Manila in Intramuros
0.33 km away

Nicknamed as the ‘Marble  Palace’, Ayuntamiento was once the seat of the high-ranking officials of Manila. It was the office of the City Alcalde or Mayor, the Judge and clerks. Inside the building are also government archives, and function halls like the salon de baile (ballroom) and the municipal board session hall.Like most places in Manila, the Ayuntamiento also suffered the wrath of earthquakes and wars several times, causing it to be rebuilt three times. However, it was still considered to be one of the most historic buildings in Intramuros, as it is the site of the First Philippine Assembly in 1907 and the Philippine Legislation in 1935. It was completely destroyed in the Battle of Manila’ in 1945 and was rebuilt again. Today, it houses the National Bureau of Treasury.

Things to do nearby

INTRAMUROS: THE WALLED CITY  (Cut-and-Build Your Own Model Fort)

  • Make your own miniature Intramuros while you learn about its story.
  • Build its heart, the Plaza Mayor, and its historic fortress, Fort Santiago.
  • Peer inside its houses and government buildings, imagine the people who walked its cobblestone streets and learn hands-on the amazing story behind its walls.

Befriend the Real Manila
Walking tour
0.63 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
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
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.

Hotels and homes
1.09 km away

Experience a heartfelt welcome the moment you come in, the Chinese-Filipino way. Discover our gracious service, incomparable attention to detail, taste and style that complement every need. Be fascinated in the unique culture of Chinese-Filipino hospitality that will surely make your stay memorable

Dela Chambre Hotel is located in a place that is soon to be a tourist spot destination; we are surrounded by big establishments like the lights of Lucky Chinatown Mall, City Place Condominium, Mcdonalds, Tiong Se School, 999 (Puregold) Mall, 168 Mall and Binondo Church.

Hotel Lucky Chinatown
Hotels and homes
1.16 km away

Binondo’s modern contemporary hotel with a unique ‘Chinatown vibe’
Hotel Lucky Chinatown is the perfect place to spend a leisurely time in the comfort of our 93 guest rooms and suites. 
Unwind with spa treatments, jacuzzi, steam baths, and saunas after an all-embracing Chinese experience in the world’s oldest Chinatown in Manila. 

Getting there and around

Plaza Luis Complex, cor. A. Soriano Jr. Ave. and Gen. Luna St., Intramuros, City of Manila, Metro Manila

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