(SPOT.ph) As if we needed another reminder that life is returning back to pre-pandemic normalcy, more and more attractions are returning to their pre-2020 operations. In an effort to keep up with the demand of tourists seeking to rediscover Manila's history and visit its many heritage sites, we just got word that Fort Santiago is extending their operating hours starting March 16. Gone are the days when walking around this famous site is only possible when the sun's up. After-office history lesson, anyone?
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Here are Fort Santiago's latest operating hours:
Reminiscent of its pre-pandemic schedule, Fort Santiago is now going to be open until 11 p.m. daily. The historical site is open for visitors daily, starting from 9 a.m. on weekdays and 6 a.m. on weekends. Rates for admission start at P50 for senior citizens, students, and PWDs and P75 for adults.
If you're worried about it being too dark to see the beauty of one of Manila's most historic sites, relax. The grounds of Fort Santiago are well-lit and have guided paths for visitors looking to explore. So there's no need to fret about getting lost in the shadows.
Fort Santiago, which was built in 1593, was one of the Spaniards' main defense lines in Intramuros. It was where several prisoners were held during the Spanish colonization and World War II, including Jose Rizal, before his execution in 1896. Today, Fort Santiago is a must-visit for history buffs and those looking for some much-needed green space in the Metro. The compound features a moat, landscaped gardens, and fountains. It is also often included in walking tours and themed trips centered on the Spanish colonization, Rizal's execution, and even darker haunted tours about the walled city.
Fort Santiago is at Sta. Clara Street corner G. Luna Street, Intramuros, Manila. Starting March 16, it is open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Mondays to Fridays and from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Admission fee is P75 for adults and P50 for children, senior citizens, PWDs, and students. For more information, visit Intramuros Administration's Facebook page.
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