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Explore the Intramuros City of Manila, a walled hispanic past. Here are the 5 places you shouldn’t miss on your tour of Intramuros Manila !
1. National Hero Monument in Rizal Park
“You haven’t been to Manila if you haven’t taken a selfie in front of the National Hero Monument”. Rizal was quite a hero indeed. Originally a doctor, he spoke 22 languages and wrote books that inspired the Revolution. Accused of treason for writing these books, he was sentenced to death at 35 years old. Treaters were usually shot from behind, and it is said that Rizal turned around at the last minute to face his executioners. Badass !
2. Baluarte de San Diego
Built between 1586 and 1587 by a Jesuit friar, this circular fort is one of the oldest stone fortification within the Intramuros. Today, its beautiful garden makes it a relaxing place in the middle of a busy city centre and a great venue for wedding and photo shoots.
3. San Agustin Church
San Agustin Church is the oldest remaining Baroque church and also the only Unesco site in Manila, amongst the 4 Baroque churches listed in the Philippines. The church and convent were built between 1586 and 1607, after a fire destroyed the first church in 1574. Today, the visitors can admire a beautiful collection of Filipino paintings and sculptures in the museum inside the convent, as well as a beautiful cloister.
4. Manila Cathedral
Located at Plaza de Roma, the Cathedral of Manila was originally built in 1571 and destroyed several time over the centuries. More informations.
5. Casa Manila
Casa Manila is a reconstruction of a 17th and 18th century house. It is a museum built for the purpose of being a museum based on the design of houses outside of Intramuros Manila. The antiques and the furniture are all originals from the Philippines. In the old times, visitors cannot go upstairs, they can only go to the visitors area : the mezzanine. Only relative and friends were allowed to go upstairs. Note that you are not allowed to take any pictures inside.
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