Intramuros, also known as the “Walled City” is tucked within the modern city of Manila. You would not believe such a place exists in the midst of a contemporary city.
Intramuros is very rich in history, and I would actually suggest to hire a local tour guide who is knowledgable of the site to get full understanding and appreciation. In a gist: it was built by the Spaniards, led by Miguel Lopez de Legaspi, in 1571 to serve as the religious, political and military centre / base of operations during their occupation.
Some of my personal favourite sites to visit in Intramuros:
- Manila Cathedral
- Baluarte de San Diego — my top favourite!
- San Agustin Church
- Fort Santiago — more on this below:
Fort Santiago is probably the highlight in majestic Intramuros — definitely a must-see for everyone. This historical defense fortress is one of the oldest and most historic sites in the Philippines. It’s most famous for being the place where Philippines’ national hero, Jose Rizal was detained and executed in 1896.
Photo credit: Philippine Primer
Unfortunately I wasn’t able to take as much photos as I wanted, but here are some before my camera shut off: