Intramuros, my last leg of an unplanned half day tour around Manila.
2nd stop is the National Art Gallery of the Philippines , which is full of beautiful and different types of art by National Artists such as Juan Luan, Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo, Fernando Amorsolo and many many more.
Intramuros -The Walled City – is the historic center and oldest district of Manila. Also known as the Ciudad Murada (Walled City) because of its most famous feature: a nearly three-mile-long circuit of massive stone walls and fortifications that almost completely surrounds the entire district.
The entrance near Puerta Real Garden. The security forces are dressed in a Spanish time guardia civil uniforms, to complement the whole ambiance of the area.
It is already 4:30 in the afternoon, and most of the gates closes @5, so i’m kinda bit in a hurry but still tried my best to check every corners of the “Walled City”.
Started with Puerta Real Garden :
Sadly I never got the chance to research anything about Intramuros, because it wasn’t really planned,and knowing that I have a very limited time leaving the house quite late. But I do have a basic knowledge of what are the landmarks and the story of the place.
So I just decided to take the main road, “Enjoy and Basked” in the history of the original cobblestones streets, Colonial architecture of the buildings, Churches, different Statues and the whole history filled ambiance.
Lourdes Church and Convent
Church of San Agustin
The Minor Basilica and Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (Filipino: Kalakhang Katedral Basílika ng Maynilà), informally known as Manila Cathedral, is a Roman Catholic basilica located in Manila, dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary as Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, the Principal Patroness of the Philippines. The cathedral serves as the see of the Archbishop of Manila. The cathedral was originally a parish church owned and governed by the Archdiocese of Mexico in 1571, until it became a separate diocese on 6 February 1579 upon the issuance of the papal bull, Illius Fulti Praesido by Pope Gregory XIII.
Aduana (Customs House); 1829 – one of the few surviving structures in Intramuros, from the Spanish colonial period and which was still in use just over 30 years ago, the Aduana building and later became the Intendencia which also at some point in time, housed the Casa Moneda.
Calle Muralla – perimeter road located south of Intramuros. It runs along from Baluarte de San Diego to Colegio de San Juan de Letran.
If you can see on my photos, I skipped Fort Santiago, for a simple reason that I do not know where it is LOL 🙂 Me, being a loner, overshadowed my adventurer “charms” of asking directions. Helpful link on Fort Santiago for some needed information for myself and every one else.
on top of Baluarte De San Francisco De Dilao, where you can see a lot of old canons and during sunset a very good place to chill and enjoy the fast moving Manila in front of you.
On other information like how to get there, more things to see and places to eat, here is a link that I felt answers most of these. “Check this out“. c”,)