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Panoramabillede af Rommel Bundalian EXPERT Taget 08:39, 12/05/2011 - Views loading...

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Fort Santiago

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(Spanish: Fuerte de Santiago Tagalog: Moog ng Santiago) is a defense fortress built for Spanish conquistador, Miguel López de Legazpi. The fort is part of the structures of the walled city of Intramuros, in Manila, Philippines. José Rizal, the Philippines' national hero, was imprisoned in the fort before his execution in 1896. the site features, embedded onto the ground in bronze, his final footsteps representing the walk from his cell to the location of the actual execution.

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A: Fort Santiago

Af Willy Kaemena, mindre end 10 meter væk

Entrance Gate of Fort Santiago  Manila - Philippines

Fort Santiago

B: Fort Santiago in Intramuros

Af Milo Timbol, mindre end 10 meter væk

is a defense fortress built by the spaniards. The fort is part of the structures of the walled city o...

Fort Santiago in Intramuros

C: Intramuros

Af Fung Yu, mindre end 10 meter væk

Intramuros

D: Fort Santiago

Af Willy Kaemena, 10 meter væk

Fort Santiago is part of the  walled city in Manila called Intramuros ( from spanish within the walls...

Fort Santiago

E: Fort Santiago

Af Willy Kaemena, 170 meter væk

Fort Santiago is a defence fortress in Manila  and it is part of Intramuros

Fort Santiago

F: Horse Carriage (Kalesa)

Af Willy Kaemena, 320 meter væk

Riding a horse carriage in Intramuros in front of the Manila Cathedral. Read more about these mode of...

Horse Carriage (Kalesa)

G: Intramuros (Manila Cathedral - Palacio del Gobernador)

Af Roy Alvarez, 370 meter væk

Intramuros Intramuros, located along the southern bank of the Pasig River, was built by the Spaniards...

Intramuros (Manila Cathedral - Palacio del Gobernador)

H: Jones bridge in Binondo

Af Fung Yu, 770 meter væk

View 5 meters below Jones bridge in Manila.

Jones bridge in Binondo

I: San Agustin Church by JSMVS

Af Jerry SMV Segador, 800 meter væk

Located in the historic walled city of Intramuros, Manila, the San Agustin Church is the oldest stone...

San Agustin Church by JSMVS

J: Quiapo Black Nazarene

Af Fung Yu, 1.1 km væk

Quiapo Black Nazarene

Dette panorama blev taget i Philippines

Dette er et overblik over Philippines

The Philippines are an archipelago of more than seven thousand islands off the southeast coast of Asia. Only half of these islands have been named and roughly one thousand are inhabited. Look at how beautiful they are! People first arrived here from the mainland around 25,000 B.C. by crossing a land bridge which existed at the time.

The name comes from Ferdinand Magellan of Portugal, who explored the Philippines in 1521. He claimed them in service of Spain, naming them after Prince Philip. Spain controlled the Philippines for the next 350 years until the Philippine Revolution of 1896.

Here's a picture of Fort Santiago, where the national hero Jose Rizal was imprisoned prior to his execution. He was a poet and novelist who supported peaceful reform, rather than violent revolution, against the Spanish government.

This is one of poems in which he describes the creation of the world, as a gift to his mother:

"Say they that tell of the world, the first dawn of the sun, the first kiss that his bosom inflamed, when thousands of beings surged out of nothing, and peopled the depths, and to the heights mounted, to wherever his fecund kiss was implanted"

Violent revolution broke out anyway and the Philippines changed hands from Spanish, to American, to Japanese control over the next fifty years. Following World War Two they finally became an independent republic.

Back to the beautiful ocean! You can dream about the Cafe Del Mar resort next time you find your screen saver kicking in when you're still sitting at the desk staring blankly. There's a series of DJ mixes with this title but I don't know if it refers to the same place. I would not be surprised.

Annnnd to really get you buying your plane tickets...

the sunset over Borocay White Beach!

Text by Steve Smith.

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