The beautiful islands of the Philippines have always been an attractive destination for visitors from abroad. Balmy tropical weather, expansive idyllic beaches and hospitable residents make the nation a delightful place to visit. Apart from the modern recreational facilities and massive malls the nation and in particular the capital Manila, boasts many interesting monuments of historical and cultural interest.
One of the most prominent of the historical monuments of Manila is the renowned San Agustin Church and Museum located in the very hub of Manila within the well-known Fort Santiago. This famed fortress was in fact the site of a major battle in 1945 and was also made use of as a prison, a historical legacy that is confirmed by the present appearance of this historically significant location.
The San Agustin Church is an attraction in its own right, boasting lovely murals, stained glass, a beautiful altar and a special podium. The airy and spacious church is large enough to accommodate a large number of persons.
The museum itself is surprisingly expansive, extending over a large area with many fascinating galleries. It encircles a large courtyard and features lengthy hallways with diverse kinds of artefacts like maps, paintings, clothes, books, musical instruments, handicrafts and figurines as well as a small-scale model of the local church compound.
However it is apparent that the most important sector of the museum is the tomb of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi. This revered historical figure is credited with establishing Manila’s initial government giving it the status of the Philippine capital.
Another interesting aspect of the museum is the ancient maps made use of decades and even centuries ago. The caretakers and even the security personnel are friendly and knowledgeable and will answer any questions that you may have. This attractive cultural site will undoubtedly capture the imagination of any visitor irrespective of age or nationality. A visit to the Philippines would not be complete without exploring its captivating historical attractions.
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Nigel Walters is a travel writer, who writes under the pen name, Fritzjames Stephen. His content is based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travellers across all walks of life.Google+