The smallest and oldest tri-bastion fort in the Philippines this served as the nucleus of the first Spanish settlement. It has a total inside area of 2,025 sq. meters. The walls are 20 feet high, 8 feet thick and the towers are 30 feet high from the ground level. Work was first started on May 8, 1565 with MIGUEL LOPEZ DE LEGASPI breaking the ground.
After the battle of Manila Bay, Commodore George Dewey turned the fort to the local Cebuanos, then it became an American Warwick Barracks during the American Regime which was later converted into classrooms where the Cebuanos received formal education. 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 encampment . After 1950, Cebu Garden Club took over and fixed the inner court into a miniature garden.
One of the sites to visit when touring Cebu. It isn’t located far from the City literally 10mins ride from SM Mall and can be viewed in around an hour. I have a thing for old battlements and its well worth a visit.