Fort San Pedro

Attraction Pier Area, Cebu City, Philippines Published on: 13-11-2015

1 hours 30 mins
08:00 AM - 06:00 PM
04:00 PM
05:30 PM
First-time visit
Attraction
Historic
Landmark
Must see
Kids
Architecture
Temple & Monument
0.62 USD

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Fort San Pedro is one of the most distinguishable landmark of Cebu. It's built for military defense by the Spaniards.

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Why Fort San Pedro is special ?

Fort San Pedro is one of the distinguishable landmark of Cebu is . Built for military defense by the Spaniards. Fuerza San Pedro, the fort is described as built of stone mortar with a terraplein where guns are mounted. The fort contains the necessary buildings. The largest of these buildings was the “Cuerpo de Guardia” where the personnel that manned the fort lived. Adjacent to it was the “Vivende del Teniente” which was the living quarters of the lieutenant of the Fort. In between the aforementioned buildings is a well. At one corner attached to the walls of the bastion San Miguel (NE) was the “Alamazaros del Rivera” (powder magazine where the fort’s supply or arms and gunpowder from Manila were stored).

What to explore at Fort San Pedro?

Great place to unwind and relax while enjoying the fact that you are in a historical place. In the fort you will find artifacts from archaeological sites in Cebu Province, relics and artifacts of the San Diego Galleon, earthenware vessels with complex forms and unusual designs, porcelain, bronze cannons. There are also photo-exhibit of diggings in Fort San Pedro and different models of ships used by the Spanish navy.

Taking the time out to visit the old fort and the surrounding area, it is very interesting and gives you an idea of what it was like in the 1600's when the Spanish first landed there. Give yourself about one and a half hours to look around.

How to get to Fort San Pedro?

Fort San Pedro is located in the Pier area. Easiest way to get there is through a taxi.

Selling points

  • an old small triangular Spanish fort
  • excellent old Spanish history
  • cutest mini fort on Earth
  • a great slice of history
  • informative and enjoyable site
A great 2 day trip to Cebu with my parents

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Duration
2.0 days
Estimated
32.78 USD
Total travel distance
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Number of places
12 places

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Pier Area, Cebu City, Philippines

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Tips for you

  • A nice walk on top of the ramparts gives you an idea of its position with a direct view of the sea but meters away from the piers of the port of Cebu.
    Things to do
  • You should go upstairs and make several photos facing the sea and partly Cebu City view,
    What to see
  • Bring mosquito repellant lotion for the kids if you plan to visit around sundown. Visually nothing much about the place. Bring your umbrella, food and water. Not much food joints close.
    What to bring
  • It has trees, beautiful plants and an ideal place for wedding photography.
    Photography
  • If you want to have a glimpse of the interesting history, a tour guide will worth!
    Experience
  • Better go earlier morning or late afternoon, as on noon time it’s extremely hot to walk around the castle in open air.
    Weather
  • There is a small children's playground, outside the fort, next to the road leading down to the entrance of Pier 1. So, if the kids are not interested in the fort, they can play there while you go inside.
    Other
  • Across the road opposite the YALE shop is a diner where you can get a beer and sit on their balcony and enjoy the sea view.
    Things nearby

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During World War II, from 1941 to 1945, it served as fortification for Japanese soldiers. When the battle for liberation was fought, the fort served as an army camp.

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If you are coming from the Cathedral or from the Basilica area, you can walk to the Fort. :)

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Did you know: Fort San Pedro is the smallest, oldest tri-bastion fort in the country. This served as the nucleus of the first Spanish settlement in the Philippines.

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A cool place to relax

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Great for photo shoot location.

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It is a remnant of the Spaniards colonial times. Better preserved than the A'Famosa in Melaka, Malaysia which was also a colonial territory governed by the Portuguese before Brits took over.

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Provides a historical insight to the city. This is a partially ruined fort with a museum but was a bit disappointed that the exhibits were mainly pictures

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i was amazed that it was still standing and the History behind this fort. it was a very good museun and very informative for non native visitors. i want to go there again. i will in October my next trip 2013

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It is a remnant of the Spaniards colonial times. Better preserved than the A'Famosa in Melaka, Malaysia which was also a colonial territory governed by the Portuguese before Brits took over.

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Did you know: Fort San Pedro is the smallest, oldest tri-bastion fort in the country. This served as the nucleus of the first Spanish settlement in the Philippines.

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