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Intramuros

Padre Burgos and General Luna Street, Manila 1002 Philippines
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  • IntramurosPro 2014
    Matthew Crompton
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    4 Jun 06, 2014

    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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    Joey
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    5 Feb 17, 2014

    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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    4 Dec 15, 2013

    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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  • IntramurosPro 2014
    Maan @Travel Binge
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    5 Oct 12, 2013

    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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    Joiz Elmido
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    3 Mar 29, 2013

    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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    Amanda Foley
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    4 Mar 06, 2013

    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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  • IntramurosPro 2014
    Erick Redcloud
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    4 Nov 09, 2012

    I really Enjoyed Intramuros area. It had a lot of culture, from sites to see, people, food, buildings, statues, schools. Intramuros is a great area to just walk around and take photos. There a lot of locals who walk around here. Feel free to wander around, as you will come across some of the lesser fortunate areas. Walking through these areas I found some very friendly people. I really enjoyed my time here. The only warning, is beware of he touts who want to give you a ride on the their trikes. They are everywhere (unless you want that kind of thing), and they will bug you all the time. There are tourist police strategically placed around Intramuros to prevent anything to happen to tourists.

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    Doug Patteson
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    5 Aug 27, 2012

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

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    Maverick Oam
    4 Aug 12, 2012

    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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    Herdianti Wisesaputri
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    3 Jul 28, 2012

    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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    Steve DeAngelo
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    5 Jul 26, 2012

    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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    Crystal Glambert
    5 Jul 10, 2012

    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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    Leila Falcon
    5 Jul 05, 2012

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

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  • Intramuros
    Julius Calvin Santos
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    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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    Christina Alejandro
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    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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    Ella Caro
    5 Jul 05, 2012

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

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    Christy Dedomo
    4 Jul 05, 2012

    another historical place. this is one of the oldest place that existed after the WW11 and still standing.

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    Cammie
    4 Jul 05, 2012

    Fortress city in Manila that was built by the Spanish during it's colonization of the Philippines.

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    Mark Raga
    5 Dec 13, 2012

    One of the million places to visit in Manila

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    Devesh K Das
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    5 Aug 28, 2012
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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 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 ... read more
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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