Fort San Pedro also know as is one of the oldest Spanish fort in the country but
smallest than the Fort Santiago located inside the walled Intramuros area in Manila.
Fort San Pedro was built in 1565 by Miguel Lopez de Legazpi and serve as the core
of Spanish settlement in the Philippines. This smallest and oldest triangular bastion
fort in Cebu was build in 1738 to repel Muslim raiders. It serve as a stronghold
for Filipino revolutionaries and serve as the nucleus of first Spanish settlement
in the Philippines. Fort San Pedro has a total area of 2,2025 sq meters and the
walls are 20 feel high, 6 feet thick and the towers are 25-30 feet high from the
The fort has a triangular shape made of stone and mortar, with one sides facing
the land and the other facing the beautiful sea. The side facing the sea were defended
with artillery and a strong palisade made of wood.
The ancient Spanish stronghold is open daily from 9 am to 10 pm, the entrance fee
cost for 10 pesos per person. As you enter the entrance area, you can see a Philippine
flag mounted on the walls. Inside the fort was a big garden, taller trees and stones.
Here you can also see some Spanish artefact, documents, paintings, sculptures, sword
fragments, canons, helmets and some pieces of porcelain.
From Cebu City, one can take a taxi cab to get there, this place is known by many
taxi drivers. You can also some some public utility jeepney that has a label “Plaza
or Pier 2. Fort San Pedro is located in the area near Plaze Independecia, in the
Pier Area of Cebu City.