The History of Fort Santiago

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The History of Fort Santiago

Fort Santiago is first built by the Spanish conquistador, Miguel Lopez de Legazpi for the new established city of Manila in the Philippines. The defense fortress is part of the structures of the walled city of Manila that is referred to as Intramuros. The fort is one of the most important historical sites in Manila. Several lives were lost in its prisons during the Spanish Colonial Period and during the World War II. The Philippine national hero, Jose Rizal, was imprisoned here before his execution in 1896. The Rizal Shrine museum displays memorabilia of Jose Rizal in their collection and the fort features, embedded onto the ground in bronze, his footsteps representing his final walk from his cell to the location of the actual execution. It is only a few meters away from the Manila Cathedral and the Governor’s Palace and it is currently the office of the Commission on Elections.

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