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Intramuros
Intramuros

Intramuros

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Intramuros, Manila, 1002 Metro Manila, Philippines
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Explore Intramuros, the historic center of Manila. Inside the 16th century Spanish walls which give this district its name, visit some of the most important buildings in Manila, including San Agustin ... Read more
Church, Manila Cathedral, and the Colegio de San Juan de Letran. You can still see the effect of centuries of European occupation in this oldest part of the city, despite its being destroyed in the battle for the liberation of Manila in early 1945. Visit numerous statues honoring the monarchs of conquering countries in Intramuros, the rebuilt heart of the independent Philippines.

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Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

Intramurous is a tourist attraction that I'd recommend for all history and culture buffs. You can walk through it alone, or choose to take a walking tour or pedicab tour. I took a tour by pedi cab that cost about 300php ($6) per person. I chose the tour so that I could get more background on the history of intramurous. Tours are cheap, but you may also opt to enter and walk through it alone. It's one of the top attractions in Manila, and one of my personal favourite ways to learn about history.

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Best place to start and be introduced to Philippine culture, tradition and heritage. Post war architectures and well preserved buildings. A must for first timers in the Philippines.

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Quezon City, Philippines

Intramuros is a peek into the 300 year old Spanish colonization in Manila. The wall fortifications was built and used by the Spaniards to defend old Manila from other invaders. Old structures still exist within these walls including churches, schools, a fortress, cobble stone streets and some ruins.

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Brisbane, Australia

The historic center of Spanish Manila. A bit calmer with less traffic makes it a lot more inviting to walk. Many of the old Spanish architecture has been damaged or destroyed over time (earthquakes, fires, typhoons, and WWII). Nevertheless, much of the historic charm has been maintained. Check out the cathedral and walk along the Spanish fortifications.

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Bellevue, Washington, USA

Very cool historic area. Take the Carlos Celdran tour for an immersive, interactive, and entertaining view at what transpired around here.

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Sydney, Australia

Intramuros in Manila is the traditional walled fort at the center of the city -- 'Intramuros' literally means 'between the walls'. Though it was almost completely destroyed except for the exterior fortifications during the Battle of Manila in the closing days of WWII, the area was rebuilt and retains a lovely Spanish-colonial flavor, quite charming for a morning's exploration, and a pleasant counterpoint to the relentless sprawl of modern Manila.

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Mandaluyong, Philippines

Intramuros (Latin, "within the walls") is the oldest district and historic core of the City of Manila, the capital of the Philippines. Also called the Walled City, the original citadel of Manila was the seat of government when the Philippines was a component realm of the Spanish Empire. fr Wikipedia

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Manila's only "must-see" in my opinion. But one whole day can easily be spent inside this walled city. Although a word of caution, if you are not a big history fan and detest interesting colonial towns, do not bother going.

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Paranaque, Philippines

A must visit to those who want to understand the history of the country. You will see the remnants of the former walled city. I suggest taking the local horse carriage with a guide to go around the area with old churches, forts, and a lot more other sights.

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Intramuros has the Spanish era feel as you enter the walls. Some roads are still in cobblestones, old buildings are preserved as well.

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London, UK
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Intramuros is a historic area where a traditional walled fortress once stood, built by the Spanish during their 300+ years of Filipino rule. Some bits of the area are preserved, others rebuilt. It's a great place to see a bit of Spanish colonial architecture and to learn a bit more about the history of the Philippines - a country with an extremely fascinating history. Once dominated by Spain, and more recently, the United States - they're fiercely proud of their independence today , and there is a moving tribute to a powerful martyr in the Philippines fight for independence. Fort Santiago is the main attraction of the Intramuros area, and was a beautiful place to spend a morning wandering around.

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Belmont, New Hampshire

Very cool Spanish fort! Awesome place to explore, neat antique stores and restaurants tucked away in corners.

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There is something about the past that I still find it fascinating. I always been in awe with wonder every time I walked by at Intramuros and see those old architectural buildings, Spanish villas and old houses that seems to transport me in another time when the Philippines is under Spanish rule.

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Jakarta, Indonesia

Intramuros means inside the wall. It is a historical place where you get to see the remnants of Manila architecture from spanish/portuguese reign and they are beautiful. You can see stone walls with bullet marks, ex prison sites and as with many corners of Manila, there is a beautiful cathedral here as well.

Travel with the local horse drawn carriage and the driver will give you guided tour to understand the story behind each and every spot in decent english. When I visit, I was with some very friendly Pinoy friends to bargain the carriage+driver fee so I can't advise much on what is a good price, but do be ready to bargain.

Everybody else visit Jose Rizal park while in Intramurros, but for me personally, sometimes it is too hot to be outside and enjoying a park :P Casa de Manila in the outskirt of Intramurros is also a must see.

I do need to remind you that shorts, hats, sunnies and any form of loose fitting clothes is recommended when you are planning to spend a day in Intramuros.

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Cocoa, Florida

Intramuros was the central hub by which the Spanish colonialist authorities ran the Philippines. If you're interested in the history of the Philippines, a visit to Intramuros is a must.

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Cavite City, Philippines

It is an interesting place you can learn lot of thing about this place,Philippine history and the culture that we have!!!!!

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Intramuros is one of the best tourist spot here in Manila. You can see a lot of old structure here.

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San Jose, California, USA

Known as the center of spanish colonial government in the Philippines. Today it is the only remaining spanish fortified city found in Philippines. It is a district in Manila that will take you back to the spanish colonial times with its cobbled stone roads, churches and spanish inspired buildings. It is distinctly unique in Asia because it is the only one of its kind and will give you an illusion of being in some latin american countries instead of Asia. For beginners, don't forget to visit Manila Cathedral, San Agustin Church, Fort Santiago, Casa Manila, Baluarte de San Pedro and Bahay Chino. There are also lots of spanish-filipino restaurant around the area but don't forget to go to the Bay Leaf Hotel to enjoy Manila's Sexiest view on top of its roof deck.

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The best place in Manila to experience what it was like before World War 2 . There are Spanish style homes like Casa Manila museum, that you can visit. Also see the Manila Cathedral, Fort Santiago, San Agustin Church and see where the national hero Jose Rizal walked to be executed for the country.

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Singapore, Singapore

Great place to visit! I enjoyed walking around the place and not to mention home to Sampaguita Ice Cream

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