The well-known Intramuros, or walled city located within the Philippine capital Manila is always an interesting place to explore. This enclave was at one time the hub of control for the Spanish colonialists during their occupation of the islands. Today Intramuros is a noteworthy visitor attraction boasting numerous sightseeing attractions such as churches, museums and other interesting monuments. The pleasant and laidback ambience of the district make it a delightful place to explore on foot.
One of the most noteworthy features in the walled city is the imposing Fort Santiago. This impressive fortress was originally constructed by the Spaniards in the 16th century, on the site of the demolished fortress of the last native king of the region. Over the course of centuries the fort functioned as a military fortress, a prison and even as a Japanese chamber for torture during World War II. Today Fort Santiago is a pleasant location to visit, presenting an insight into the Philippines’ eventful past.
No tour of the locality would be complete without visiting the splendid Manila Cathedral. In times gone by this church functioned as the official seat of Manila’s colonial Archbishop; even today it is the official seat of the local Archdiocese. The cathedral which dates to 1958 is a handsome place of worship which never fails to captivate the visitor. Interestingly the crypts of the cathedral house the remains of former Manila Archbishops including recent holders of this exalted title.
As you explore Intramuros you will notice a number of gates which span the walls of the fortification. The visitor will notice sturdy stone walls, numerous cobblestone bridges and moats which will impress the observer.
Not to be missed is the San Agustin Church which also features an interesting museum. This fascinating place of worship which is constructed in stone features wooden pews, an antique organ and many fine ornaments and decorations.
Visitors should also make it a point to explore the engrossing Casa Manila, an accurate reproduction of a 19th century Spanish colonial mansion.
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