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Sunday, September 16, 2012

My Second Visit To Fort Santiago (Part 2 of 3)

Upon entering Fort Santiago via the ticket booth, you’ll see the Intramuros Visitors Center to the right. It has coffee shops, audio-visual chamber, souvenir and museum shops. As you go towards the Fort Santiago Gate, you’ll pass by the Baluartillo de San Francisco Javier, Ruins (of an American Barracks), the picnic area and playground and the central park of Fort Santiago – Plaza Moriones.

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You’ll pass by the moat as you enter the Fort Santiago Gate. You’ll see the figure of St. James, patron of Spain, on the main gate. His Spanish name is Santiago, thus, Fort Santiago.

You’ll see the Plaza Armas where a big statue of Jose Rizal is located. Then you’ll see on the right, the Ruins (of a Spanish Barracks) and the Rizal Shrine (white building). The Ruins (of a Spanish Barracks) is the one made up of bricks with arch windows.

On the opposite side, you’ll see the Dulaang Rajah Soliman (theater) and the Postigo de la Nuestra Senora del Soledad (Postern of Our Lady of Solitude) besides the Pasig River. Adjacent to this secondary gate is the Last Walk to Martyrdom Trail. There’s a statue of Jose Rizal inside the cell and you’ll see his bronze footsteps on the way outside of Fort Santiago.

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The moat.

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The bas-relief of St. James (Santiago) on top of the Spanish Coat of Arms.

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The famous Fort Santiago Gate.

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Plaza Armas

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Ramp going to Medio Baluarte de San Francisco.

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The Ruins (of a Spanish Barracks)

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Rizal Shrine

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Postigo de la Nuestra Senora del Soledad

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