Fort Pilar Shrine and Museum
Fort Pilar, also known as the Royal Fort of Our Virgin Lady of the Pillar of Zaragoza, is one of the most important attractions in Zamboanga, a symbol of the region’s historical and cultural heritage.
Entering Fort Pilar is like being introduced to the past — its well-kept grounds, empty prison cells, and battered walls seem to tell the story of how Zamboangeños fought hard for their freedom. Inside is a National Museum that displays important artefacts and collections connected to the region’s history and culture, and a shrine many Roman Catholic devotees visit. The Paseo del Mar, another popular city attraction, protects the shrine from by the sea. Fort Pilar is surely a place to visit since it gives tourists the chance to see and appreciate Zamboanga more.
Fort Pilar Shrine and Museum is located at N.S. Valderoza Street, Zamboanga City.
Opening Days and Hours
Fort Pilar is open on weekdays from 9:00 to 16:00.
Entry Fee and Bookings
Entrance to Fort Pilar is free. The museum charges for entrance.
How to Get There
- Fly from Manila to Zamboanga via Cebu Pacific or Philippine Airlines.
- From the city proper, board a tricycle to Fort Pilar.
- Backpackers/solo travelers
- Group of friends
Time to Spend
Average time spent in this attraction is 1 to 2 hours.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
If you want to avoid large crowds, visit Fort Pilar between 9:00 and 11:00. If you want to catch the sunset, visit around 16:00.
After visiting Fort Pilar, head over to nearby restaurants like Jimmy’s Satti House, Barcode Paseo del Mar, Brussel’s Plaza, Jepoy’s Kainan, and Greenwich for a quick bite.
- Pasonanca Park
- Great Santa Cruz Island
- Paseo del Mar
Zamboanga City has several hotels and inns offering accommodations. Choose from Grand Astoria Hotel, Garden Orchid Hotel, CityInn Hotel, Winzelle Suites, and Casa Canelar Pension House. Rates range from USD 20 to USD 45.