Approximately 400 years ago, the Spanish constructed this walled city known as Intramuros (meaning: within the walls) to serve as their political and military base in Asia. This city is located south of the Pasig River and east of Manila Bay and it is a popular destination for visitors to Manila. Intramuros is located in the 5th congressional district of Manila and is one of the city's 16 administrative city districts. It has a wall stretching 4.5 kilometers around the city that acts as a defensive line. While the building's original design was primarily influenced by Spanish architecture (think ornate baroque church interiors), the renovations that were done showed that it also had Chinese elements. However, not all buildings were rebuilt after being damaged or destroyed during the many battles that occurred. The history behind the ruins is what makes Intramuros such a popular tourist spot in modern-day Manila. How to explore Intramuros?
- Old-world Fort Santiago, a massive stone gate, and a shrine dedicated to national hero José Rizal are just some of the attractions found within Intramuros, which dates back to the Spanish colonial era. Explore the past that has been preserved behind these walls. - While there are places to visit within Intramuros that are protected from the elements, getting around the walled city on foot or by bicycle is the greatest way to experience and learn about the area's rich history. - Filipinos, the majority of whom adhere to the Catholic faith, love to celebrate the holiday of Christmas by going all out with decorations and Christmas music in Intramuros. It is amusing to witness the blatant show of Christmas cheer before even Thanksgiving or Halloween. - Bamboo bike rides in Intramuros, offered by Bambike Ecotours, are unlike anything else out there. - Inside Intramuros, there are a variety of public plazas where visitors can relax. Plaza de Roma has been the most visited of these plazas throughout history. The bullfights and other public events held there earned it the title of 'plaza mayor,' or 'main square,' of the city. In 1797, it was transformed into a garden with a statue of Spanish King Carlos IV. - San Agustin Church, with its Trompe l'oeil ceilings and high altar, is a prime example of the Spanish Baroque style and can be found in this city as well. In 1993, it was included in the group of Philippine Baroque Churches designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its extensive history.
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