Fort Santiago

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City of Manila (Downtown) , Philippines
Santa Clara St
adult/student P75/50
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Guarding the entrance to the Pasig River you’ll find Manila’s premier tourist attraction. Over the years it has evolved largely into a memorial to Dr José Rizal, who was imprisoned here in the final days before his execution in 1896 for inciting revolution against the Spanish colonials.

Within the fort grounds you’ll find the Rizal Shrine in the building where the Philippines’ national hero was incarcerated as he awaited execution. It contains various displays of Rizal memorabilia, including a reliquary containing one of his vertebrae, the first draft of his novel Noli Me Tangere (Touch Me Not) and the original copy of the poem ‘Mi Ultimo Adios’ (My Last Farewell), which was smuggled out of his cell inside an oil lamp.

At the far end of the fort, a Spanish military barracks has been turned into a seldom-used open-air theatre . Rizal spent his last night in a cellblock at one end of these barracks. Brass footprints set into the pavement mark his final steps to the execution spot in Rizal Park.