Fort Santiago, Intramuros, Manila

Window of Baluarte de Santa Barbara.

Closed Door Near Rizal’s Cell. Several lives were lost in its prisons during the Spanish Colonial Period and World War II. José Rizal, the Philippines’ national hero, was imprisoned here before his execution in 1896. The Rizal Shrine museum displays memorabilia of the hero 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.

Baluarte de Santa Barbara. Built in 1593, is a stone bastion that forms a part of the Santiago Fort in Manila. It bring back the memories of Second World War and the harsh treatment meted out to the prisoners arrested during this period. Formerly, a storage house of ammunition and arms, it was converted into a prison. Tales of deaths during floods and high-tide are in abundance. While you are in Manila, do visit this important landmark.

Rizal’s Cell from Afar

There are store rooms and magazines, and the outer curtains are connected with the main walls in some cases by underground passages, or were, before these tunnels were destroyed. The filling of the old moat closed them, probably forever. When the wall at the end of Calle Aduana was removed, the inner chamber was found filled with human skeletons.

Fort Santiago’s Stonewall


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