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HXPG+46M, Muralla St, Intramuros, Manila, 1002 Metro Manila, Philippines
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Baluarte de San Diego

Rock formations of Baluarte de San Diego in Intramuros

Baluarte de San Diego is a spade-shaped bulwark located inside the historic district of Intramuros in Manila City. This fort was created from the remains of the upper portion of a circular watch tower built from 1586-1587.
Since it was erected, Baluarte de San Diego underwent a series of repairs and restorations after getting damaged during wars and an earthquake. The baluarte had been breached and fallen in 1762 during a battle with the British forces. After the occupation, it was restored, only to fall again due to an earthquake in 1863. Then it was once more destroyed in the Battle of Manila in 1945. The fort's most recent restoration work was completed in 1992.
Today in Manila, the fort has become a popular tourist spot that depicts the history of Intramuros. A polished garden was built around the fort along with the sturdy fortification. The garden also features shaded walkways, fountains, old cannons, and structures from the preceding century. 

Tickets and entry

The fort and gardens at Baluarte de San Diego are open daily for a minimal admission fee. For a hassle-free trip, it's recommended to go on Intramuros tours that include a stop at Baluarte de San Diego and the service of a guide. 


Best time to visit

It's best to visit Baluarte de San Diego during the dry season in the Philippines, which usually starts in December and ends in May. Since there are fewer chances of rainfall during these months, you can get a better look at this stone fort.  The Baluarte de San Diego is open daily from 8 AM to 5 PM. 



Frequently asked questions

When was Baluarte de San Diego built?

The Baluarte de San Diego was built in the late 16th century and is one of the oldest forts inside Intramuros. At that time it was a circular fort named Nuestra Señora de Guia (Our Guidance Lady). It was built primarily to defend against invasion of this area.

Is Baluarte de San Diego a tourist attraction only?

Apart from being plainly a tourist attraction, this Baluarte de San Diego is also a good place for pre - nuptial photoshoots, weddings and other gatherings.

What are some of the activities you can do at Baluarte de San Diego?

Here you can enjoy a leisure walk with peace and quiet while relaxing your body with its fresh and vibrant atmosphere. It was rebuilt in 1593 to join the Intramuros walls.

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