Located inside the San Agustin Church, named after a priest named, of course, Fr. Blanco - he iniated Botany in the Philippines during the Spanish time. Now the place is very popular for garden weddings and reception.
Intramuros was the walled city founded by the Spanish in 1571. The Spanish ruling class lived inside the massive walls with seven gates. It is shaped like an uneven pentagon and covers almost 160 acres. Although destroyed in the Battle of Manila at the end of World War II, the gates and walls have been restored. Besides the historical buildings inside, there are now areas for festivals and entertainment. The former moat is now a golf course. See also my travelogue, Intramuros - Alive Again.
Intramuros is the old part of Manila and probaply the nicest place to walk around in this huge city.
There are many well restored old buildings and you also have the Manila Cathedral there aswell as many other important buildings.
In a city that in my opinion does not have many tourist sights, this is certainly one of the biggest must sees.
Even how many times we've been to Manila, I never bothered to visit the Intramuros, not until 2005. I finally wanted to see how it look and i dont regret it.
The Intramuros is like the old version of Manila. You will see alot of different architextures and buildings of the past, some even since the japanese war. But for me the best part here was taking a Calessa and feeling like a tourist in my own country! I love the Calessa ride! It takes you around the Intramuros. So if your fat and lazy like me, simply take a Calessa, its a better and relaxing way to see the Intramuros!
But did you know Intramuros has a dark secret? From what I heard, that at night, spirits of the past linger around this area, and many people seen headless ghost that are roaming around the whole Intramuros. So if your planning to go to the Intramuros at night for some romance (A popular spot for romance at night) You better beware and watch out who your kissing! It might be a ghost!
Marking its entrance at the northwestern tip to Intramuros, Fort Santiago was one of the oldest fortifications of Intramuros started in 1571 and completed nearly 150 years later by Filipino forced labor. The pre-Spanish settlement of Rajah Sulayman, the last Filipino ruler before the coming of the Spaniards, was a wooden fort, on the ashes of which was built the Spanish fortress which was Spain’s major defense position in the islands.
Its dungeons were used during WWII by the Japanese that occupied Manila. The buildings are not in so good condition, but the facilities are impressive.
Intramuros is a district in Manila which was built during the Spaniards during their colonization of the Philippines in the 16th century. The walled city served as fortress during wars.
Presently, the Intramuros Administration restored the city and retained the old Spanish look of the vicinity although present improvements around the district are continuously seen.
For golf enthusiasts, an 18-hole course was built on the west, south and east side of the walled city.
Things to see:
1) Fort Santiago
2) Manila Cathedral
3) San Agustin Church
4) Manila Aquarium
5) Club Intramuros
7) or, just roam around the area riding a horse drawn carriage (calesa) and enjoy the buildings which were reconstructed with a Spanish architecture concept
SAN AGUSTIN CHURCH
San Agustin is well worth a look if you're interested in religion, history, architecture or organ music. This church has been maintained and re-built after earthquakes and wars and is one of the oldest catholic churches in Asia.
An small plot of land which serves as the cathedral square for the Basilica Minore de Immaculada Concepcion. It is the scene of raucous bullfights until it was converted into a garden in 1797. Two structures flank the square--the ruins of the Ayuntamiento and an eight-story building housing the Intramuros Administration. The grandest building in the whole of Intramuros, the Ayuntamiento was destroyed during the 1945 Battle of Manila, but there are plans to reconstruct the stately hall in its original design.
I did a walking tour of Intramuros with a friend who has a good sense of the country's history and was able to fill out the rather dry and under-documented displays on offer here with interesting side bars.
We spent the bulk of our time in Fort Santiago where Jose Rizal, the country's inspirational poet/doctor leader was imprisoned in the last century before his execution. The site also honors the hundreds of filipinos who died at the hands of the occupying Japanese.
The sense it gave me was the the Philippines has long been ill-used by one occupying or another or even from corrupt internal officials. There's a certain abiding hope under a lot of resignation. This site overlooking the river really doesn't make a huge difference given how few people visit, but it's an important reminder of times gone by.
A legacy of the Spanish colonial days, built in 1571. This old fort has now been transformed to a place of restaurants and souvenir, art & crafts shops. Still, there is no taking away the charm of the place. The outerwalls are still intact, with mould and lichen growing in abundance on them, turning them emerald green. In it, a ride on ornate horse carriages allows you to fall back in time, as long as you don't mind spending the money. Explore old dungeons (at Fort Santiago) and visit 2 of Manila's oldest churches - the San Agustin Church and the Manila Cathedral.
Manila Cathedral, with its great cupola, is the Philippines' most significant Catholic church. It is in the Plaza Roma at Intramuros. The building, which was destroyed in WWII, was rebuilt with the help of the Vatican from 1954 to 1958; some old walls were restored and integrated into the new construction. The large organ with its 4500 pipes came from the Netherlands and is apparently the largest in Asia. Every Sunday, the cathedral echoes to the sound of young couples exchanging their vows. The doors are open to all, and this is a good opportunity to witness a genuine Philippine wedding.
Bahay Tsinoy, a museum of the Chinese in Philippine life, presents the saga of the chinese experience in the philippines. With their almost life-sized dioramas, travel through the eras of Philippine history and witness the evolution of the Chinese -- from merchant sailors, to migrants, to mestizos, to ilustrados, to revolutionaries, to guerrillas, and to the contemporary Tsinoy (Chinese Filipino).
Manila has some of the most impressive Christian churches this side of the Pacific. Manila is the centre of Christiandom in Asia and one has to visit at least an historic church in Manila as a must-do activity.
There are so many old churches in downtown Manila. Most recommended are San Agustin in Intramuros, Binondo Church, Quiapo Church, Malate Church, San Sebastian Church, and Santa Cruz Church.
The old churches in Manila have their own style of architecture which includes Chinese and Filipino influences.
Rick was with Syl and me when we did our photoshoot of Intramuros. He's actually a nice guy, which shows that looks can be deceiving. Thanks Rick! You're a sport.
He's in this photo taken at Casa Manila helping demonstrate the superiority of my wide angle lens to Syl's point and shoot. Go get the 10D Syl!
A public promenade until it was fenced off by the Spanish military in 1864. Located in front of Fort Santiago, it is where the Galeria de la Revolucion Filipina is situated. Palm trees and other plants and three fountains grace the park.