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Category: Forts, Local time: 02:57:57

Fort Santiago is a Spanish defense stronghold in the Philippines , located in Manila . Fort Santiago was a part of the palace of Rajah Sulaiman, a Muslim military leader in Manila . The first clay building was destroyed by Chinese pirates during the 1574-1575 wars. The construction of the stone fortress began in 1589. During this period, Fort Santiago came to be a strategic point on the trade route between America and Europe. The fortress is surrounded by walls, which are 6,7 m high and 2,4 m wide, and with a 12 m high entrance gate. During the Second World War, Fort Santiago was besieged by Japanese troops, and later it was seriously damaged in the Battle of Manila . In 1980 Fort Santiago was reconstructed, and the fortress is now a home to a museum.

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GPS: 14.5907, 120.9752
Altitude: 9 m
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Last update: 2012-10-19 19:24:15

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