Intramuros

Intramuros

Wander into General Luna Street in Manila and you’ll suddenly find yourself transported back into the past. It’s because this street contains the entrance to Intramuros, the gateway to Manila’s colonial history.

Nicknamed the “Walled City,” thanks to the defensive walls that surround it, Intramuros was the seat of power during the country’s time under Spanish rule. Although the district isn’t what it used to be, mostly due to age and neglect, many visitors still flock to Intramuros to get a taste of Philippines’ rich colonial history.

In the center of Intramuros lies Fort Santiago, a former military fortress turned internment camp during World War II. But it’s perhaps best known as the place where national hero Jose Rizal was held prior to his execution in 1896.

In Fort Santiago’s Rizal Shrine, you can find the various artifacts that Rizal used or held on to before his death. You can even find his footsteps embedded on the ground in bronze, representing the final walk Rizal took from his prison cell to the execution site.

Another must-see in Intramuros is the San Agustin Church. Completed in 1607, this is the oldest stone church in the country. And despite all the destruction that World War II brought to Intramuros, it’s one of the very few structures that remained standing. It’s also the burial place of one Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, the founder of the city of Manila.

Directly fronting the San Agustin Church is Casa Manila, a complete reproduction of a colonial Spanish-style house. It acts as a museum, with its three floors depicting the lifestyle that Filipinos had under their Spanish colonizers.

There are multiple ways to explore the district of Intramuros. You can either walk or take the kalesa, a horse-drawn carriage. Or if you’re lazy, you can always take a segway tour arranged by White Knight Tours. There’s also the famous walking tour of artist and activist Carlos Celdran, where he tries to explain things that aren’t found in your Philippine history textbook.

They say that the best way to truly understand a country’s present and future is by studying its past. So why not do yourself a favor and visit the walled city of Intramuros? Who knows, maybe you’ll finally understand the madness that is Manila after your trip here.

Top Rated Restaurants in Intramuros Browse All

  1. Café Ilang-Ilang
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  2. Uno Seafood Wharf
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  3. Ying Ying Tea House
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  4. Sincerity Cafe and Restaurant
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  5. Champagne Room
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  6. New Po Heng Lumpia House
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  7. Barbara's
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  8. Ristorante delle Mitre
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  9. Harbor View
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  10. 8 Street Bites
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Top Rated Hotels in Intramuros Browse All

  1. The Manila Hotel
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  2. The Bayleaf
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  3. Hotel H2O
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  4. White Knight Hotel Intramuros
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  5. Ramada Manila Central
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  6. Luneta Hotel
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Top Rated Tourist Attractions in Intramuros Browse All

  1. Intramuros
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  2. Fort Santiago
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  3. Rizal Monument
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  4. Rizal Park
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  5. Casa Manila
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Top Rated Places in Intramuros Browse All

  1. Intramuros
    4.5 Stars
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  2. Café Ilang-Ilang
    4.5 Stars
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    91 Reviews View
  3. National Museum of the Philippines
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    58 Reviews View
  4. The Manila Cathedral
    4.5 Stars
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    22 Reviews View
  5. Fort Santiago
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    19 Reviews View
  6. Uno Seafood Wharf
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    28 Reviews View
  7. Ying Ying Tea House
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    71 Reviews View
  8. Sincerity Cafe and Restaurant
    4.5 Stars
    Chinese
    51 Reviews View
  9. The Manila Hotel
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    47 Reviews View
  10. Champagne Room
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    International
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