The Fort Santiago

Relive the history of old Manila

Schedule

Opening hours: 8:00 am to 11:00 pm

Entrance
Rates

  • 75Php

    Adult
  • 50Php

    Children, Students, Faculty, Senior Citizens, and PWDs. (Must present valid ID upon entry)

Schedule

Opening hours: 8:00 am to 11:00 pm

Entrance Rates

  • 75Php

    Adult
  • 50Php

    Children, Students, Faculty, Senior Citizens, and PWDs. (Must present valid ID upon entry)

Welcome to Fort Santiago

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Welcome to Fort Santiago! In 1571, Spanish conquistador Miguel Lopez de Legazpi re-established Rajah Soliman’s Manila as the new capital for the growing Spanish empire in the Far East, while the fallen rajah’s wooden citadel was rebuilt as the headquarters for Spain’s military. As the City grew in wealth and prominence in its new place in the world stage, so too did Fort Santiago got established as a formidable symbol of Spanish power in the orient.

 

The first Spanish fort, a palisaded structure of logs and earth, was destroyed not long after establishment, when in 1574 the Chinese pirate Lin Feng (Limahong) launched an almost successful siege of Manila. The Spanish army repelled the attack, but the fort, in realization of its defects, was rebuilt in stone. The present fort, constructed using volcanic tuff (adobe), was built between 1589 and 1592. It was named after St. James the Moor-slayer, known by the Spanish as Santiago Matamoros. The fort is notable for being a headquarters of the armies of several foreign powers in Philippine history, including the Spanish (1571 to 1898), the British (1762 through 1764 during the Seven Years War), the Americans (1898 to 1946), and the Japanese (1942 through 1945). The Fort Santiago is presently a National Shrine and National Monument since 1951, and a National Cultural Treasure since 2014.

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Activities and Amenities

Plaza Moriones

Plaza Moriones

The traditional open grounds for military review, drill, and parades.

 

This venue is ideal for weddings, birthdays, corporate functions; wherein 300 guests can be accommodated for a banquet set-up.

Baluartillo de San Francisco Javier

Baluartillo de San Francisco Javier

Built in 1663, the Chambers have been transformed to adaptive reuse showing modern and new facilities.

Reducto de San Francisco Javier

Reducto de San Francisco Javier

Crescent-shaped high wall built in 1773 to reinforce the Baluartillo de San Francisco Javier.

Guadalupe Chapel

Guadalupe Chapel

Built in 1981 within the Reducto de San Francisco Javier using traditional building methods and dedicated to Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Public Advisory: Sites and museums closed until further notice

The Intramuros Administration (IA) shall strictly comply with the guidelines set by the government on stringent social distancing measures and further guidelines for the management of Covid-19. Fort Santiago, Casa Manila, Baluarte de San Diego, and Museo de Intramuros shall remain closed until further notice.

The Dungeons of Fort Santiago

The dungeon inside Fort Santiago is open daily from 10 am to 10 pm. Please note that ticket booth is open from 8 am to 9 pm while Fort Santiago grounds will be open until 11 pm.

Fort Santiago Dungeon is now open to public!

The dungeon of Fort Santiago is now open to the public from 2 pm to 10 pm every day.