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Information about Baluarte de San Diego

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Tourist Attraction
Intramuros, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
Distance From City Center
0.7 km
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Baluarte de San Diego

Rock formations of Baluarte de San Diego in Intramuros

Baluarte de San Diego at Intramuros Manila is a majestic stone fort. Its huge medieval-style walls, made of large blocks, will make anybody feel safe and secure. Beyond its fortification, there is a serene garden, full of lush green plants and eye-smoothing trees. 

Over the years, Baluarte de San Diego underwent a series of repairs and restorations. The baluarte had been breached and fallen in 1762 from the British forces. After the occupation it was restored only to fall again due to earthquake in 1863. Then it was once more destroyed from the Battle of Manila in 1945. The fort's most recent restoration work was completed in 1992.

Today in Manila the fort is being transformed into a tourist spot. A beautiful garden was built around the fort, with shaded walkways, fountains, old cannons and artillery and pieces of the preceding century showing. 


How to get there

South of Intramuros, opposite Rizal Park, lies the Baluarte de San Diego. Take the light rail to Central Station and then take a short walk going to Baluarte de San Diego.


Best time to visit

This cultural attraction is open daily from 8 AM to 5 PM. Make sure to visit during dry season from November to April.


Entrance fee

The fort and gardens at Baluarte de San Diego are open daily for a minimal admission fee.


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.