Fort San Pedro, Cebu: Philippine’s Oldest Fortress

Cebu has usually been a incredibly substantial aspect of Philippine history. Regarded the 1st and oldest city in the nation, with it becoming the entry point of the Spaniards for colonization, Cebu has the vestiges of this momentous occasion whose begin and finish lasted hundreds of years. Of these traces of Spanish influence, none is in all probability as telling as the nonetheless remaining presence of the Fort San Pedro—the country’s oldest fortress.

The establishment of the Fort San Pedro—or Kuta San Pedro as it is named locally—was an vital aspect of the early Spanish invasion provided the hostility of the natives. The fortress was initially constructed from wood as spearheaded by Miguel Lopez de Legaspi who, back then, was governor of Captaincy Basic.

By 1738, the fort was renovated to be constructed by stone in order to withstand the attacks of the Muslim raiders.

About the 19th century, the stronghold which for a lengthy time housed and protected the Spaniards fell to the hands of the Philippine Revolutionaries who subsequently produced it their stronghold.


Physical Attributes

Described as “triangular” in shape, the Fort San Pedro is constant of 3 sides: two facing the sea and 1 facing the land. All sides have been aimed at guarding the fort from various angles, thereby arming the sides that face the sea with cannons though barricading the front with a sturdy fence produced of wood. All in all, there have been fourteen cannons on the fortress’ walls, a lot of of which are stated to stay in their respective areas to this day.

Inside the fort lies 3 separate areas which residence its uniquely-named bastions—on the southwest lies “La Concepcion” on the northeast is “San Miguel” and on the southeast is “Ignacio de Loyola.”


A Tourist Location

These days, the Fort San Pedro has lost its worth as a strategic military structure and has only come to be an icon for tourism and a landmark in the city of Cebu. Now dubbed Cebu Fort San Pedro, its shift to a historical park was produced official as of February 08, 2008.  It can be located at A. Pigafetta Street, Cebu City and is normally open from 7 in the morning till 7 in the evening.

While government-owned, entry into the location demands a charge, albeit minimal in neighborhood requirements. The land which the Fort San Pedro stands on is especially owned by the Division of Atmosphere and Organic Sources (DENR).

As aspect of the fort’s transformation as a tourist attraction, the location now hosts a museum which curates the legacies of the earlier Spanish government as nicely as the artifacts they left behind like sculptures, paintings, and documents.

On the other hand, the out there lawn spaces of the fortress now also act as a venue for functions like birthdays, weddings, and something that is worthy of a celebration. On the other hand, it is worth noting that working with Fort San Pedro as a spot for an occasion would call for permits and documentation which are topic for approval 1st by a designated individual.


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