Fort San Pedro is located next to the port and is also known as the ancient castle of the Philippines with the Castle of San Diego in Manila, which was built when Spain first arrived in the Philippines. During World War II, the castle was used to defend against the Japanese army. The barracks used as military officers during the US military rule were now converted into school classrooms. The San Pedro Fort next to the pier was the first station in Spain to enter Cebu, which was later converted into a memorial park.
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About ten-minute walk from Casa Gorordo is the oldest fort in the Philippines- Fort San Pedro. Spanish leader, General Miguel Lopez de Legazpi commanded the building of this fort. De Legazpi thought to use it against Muslim warriors.
However, as time passed by, other colonizers had used it for other reasons. When Americans occupied Cebu, their soldiers used this as their residence. Also, Americans educated Cebuanos in this fort.
Further, during the Japanese colonization, Japanese also used the fort as a barrack, a prisoner and a hospital. The historicity of this smallest-oldest fort in the country is undeniable.
Fuerte de San Pedro is a military defense structure in Cebu (Philippines), built by the Spanish under the command of Miguel López de Legazpi, first governor of the Captaincy General of the Philippines. It is located in the area now called Plaza Indepedencia, in the pier area of the city. The original fort was made of wood and built after the arrival of Legazpi and his expedition. In the early 17th century a stone fort was built to repel Muslim raiders. Today's structure dates from 1738 and is the oldest triangular bastion fort in the country. It served as the nucleus of the first Spanish settlement in the Philippines. During the Philippine Revolution at the end of the 19th century, it was attacked and taken by Filipino revolutionaries, who used it as a stronghold.
Currently called the Plaza Independencia, is a military defense structure built during the 1700s. This fortress is made of stone-walls by the bare hands of the Filipinos under the supervision of the Spaniards. You can tell from the walls that this structure holds so much history and story. Although, it bears a sad and traumatizing story of the Cebuano’s past, today, it serves as a peaceful retreat from the chaos of the city. This was our last stop after a whole day of strolling around Cebu and indeed it was a great escape from a tiring day. The trees around the place provided a serene ambiance and the entire environment was just peaceful and safe.
Nice place where you can see the view of the plaza. You will find the history when they post a pictures that explain the details of where and when it begun. It's nice to know and learn about historical stories of the past. #wintergetaway