Manila is a city that you will either love or hate. But no matter how you hate this city, it is still a stopover between flights on the way to another destination so you have no choice haha.
Anyways, Manila is the capital of the Philippines and is composed of no less than 16 cities- all portraying a unique character. It is also the most densely populated city in the whole world as well as a destination for more than a million tourists per year. I suppose, you have heard a lot of negative news about this city but hey, why not just give this city another try. Perhaps, Manila is so popular in terms of taxi scams, crime rate, crowded, heavy traffic, purse snatching but I guess, all travel destinations around the world have those too. Isn’t it? I have been reading blogs about Manila and I found out that majority of travel bloggers have fallen in love with it no matter what the circumstances are and some of them even considered moving here.
I don’t know what happened to those who are saying that this is the worst, scariest, craziest city that they have been to but whatever happened to you during your first visit will make you change your mind if you will give this city another try. So for today, I will be sharing my top 3 favorite tourist spots that are located in Intramuros, Manila.
History: Intramuros means “within the walls” in Spanish that’s why it is called as the Ciudad Morada or “The Walled City”. It is said to be the oldest district and historic core of the municipality of Manila, Philippines. In the late 16th century, the purpose of this defensive walls was to protect the city from foreign invasions. The original structure of Intramuros was heavily damaged during the world war II and renovated in 1951 after being declared as National Historical Monument. (c) Jeric Par Esplana
1. Fort SantiagoThis is one of the oldest fortifications in Manila that was built in 1571 by Spanish conquistador Miguel Lopez De Legazpi. Much like as any of the defensive structures in Intramuros, the Fort Santiago was also destroyed during the Spanish period and the second world war II. Even Dr. Jose Rizal was imprisoned here before his execution in 1896.This place will take you back to the Spanish era, world war II and all the memories of Dr. Jose Rizal. It will also reminds you how our heroes fought for our freedom.
Entrance fee: Php75 for adults and Php50 for students (with ID)
Open: Everyday (including holidays) from 8am to 9pm
Address: 1002 Intramuros, Manila
2. Casa Manila MuseumThis is a reconstruction of the Spanish colonial home of the 19th century that showcases the opulence of the former Filipino aristocracy. This is as well reconstructed by the then first lady Imelda Marcos- here you will not see thousands of her shoes but a truly colonial home dating way way back in time.So if you’re into old Spanish and Filipino house, surely you will appreciate Casa Manila Museum. I can say that this place is interesting and I am recommending to those who are interested about history.
Entrance fee: Php75 for adults and Php50 for students (with ID), senior citizens and teachers.
Open: From 9am to 6pm. The museum is close on Monday.
Address: Plaza San Luis Complex, Cor. Real & Gen. Luna Street Intramuros, Manila
3. Baluarte De San Diego
This is another historical landmark in Intramuros and is a bastion which is part of the Spanish colonial fortification in the walled city of Manila that was then designed and built by a Jesuist Priest in the late 16th century.
Note: There are railings provided for safe passage of visitors going up and down in this bastion.According to wikipedia, the bastion is a protruding structure with facing flanks built along the cortina. The purpose of its projection was to ensure a clearer view of the cortina for the artillery in order for them to prepare against invaders.
In 1593, it was renovated to join the walls of Intramuros.
Entering Baluarte De San Diego gives you an old heroic feels and vibes because I guess, because of the ancient and sturdy walls with the circular structure.Also, with inviting gardens, it has a good spot to take selfie, photoshoots, weddings, seminars and other gatherings.
So if you’re planning an Intramuros tour, be sure to make a stop at Baluarte De San Diego and be amazed with its amazing architecture and long rich history.
Entrance fee: Php75 for adults and Php50 for students.
Open: Daily from 8am to 5pm
Address: Sta. Lucia Street Intramuros, Manila
P.s, Intramuros is the most beautiful spot in Manila in my own opinion and it will always be my favorite.
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