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Fort Pilar (Zamboanga City)

Posted by admin on August 7, 2006

The fort was built on June 23, 1635 by Father Melchor de Vera, a Jesuit Priest-Engineer, to ward off attacks from the moros and foreign invaders. Originally named the Real Fuerza de San Jose, it was renamed after it was rebuilt in 1719. The Real Fuerza de Nuestra Señora del Pilar de Zaragoza, whose statue was embossed on the east wall in 1734 as a frontpiece atop the entrance, was eventually sealed when it became a shrine.


2 Responses to “Fort Pilar (Zamboanga City)”

  1. anthony avedillo said

    To whom it may concern,
    Are there any archives that I can look at of Spanish soldiers that served at Fort Pilar? I believe my great grand father could be one of them.
    Thank you

  2. Vicente Alvarez III said

    It is sad that National museum destroyed the inner walls in the name of restoration. The once beautiful scene inside the fort has been transformed into a modern looking-pretending to be old building. They have destroyed the heritage of the people of Zamboanga for what? For profit!

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