Hello World! My Travel Tales Series continues and this time, let me take you to “The Walled City” (Ciudad Murada) of Manila which is popularly known as Intramuros. It is the oldest and the most historic part of the city because it was used during 16th century as seat of Spanish Government.
It was guarded by Fort Santiago which served as fortress situated along Pasig River mouth. During Second World War, the walled city was heavily damaged. In 1951, the place was declared as National Historical Monument and managed by Intramuros Administration.
This old city part of Manila showcased the Spanish-influenced architectures like the Palacio Del Gobernador which was the official residence of Spanish Viceroys (now it houses Commission on Election).
This newly-renovated Ayuntamiento de Manila or Casa Consistoriales is the present Bureau of Treasury.
The seat of Roman Catholicism in the Philippines is the Manila Cathedral.
In front of the Cathedral is the Plaza de Roma. It was formerly known as Plaza Mayor and Plaza McKinley. The statue of King Carlos IV is prominently displayed in the center of the park.
San Agustin Church was considered the oldest church. It was built in 1607 and can be found inside the walled city. It is located in General Luna Street (formerly known as Calle Real del Palacio). In 1993, this church became one of UNESCOS’s World Heritage “Baroque Churches of the Philippines.” It was also named as National Historical Landmark in 1976 by the Philippine government.
There was a wedding when we went there so we just prayed briefly and wished to visit the church again. We walked back and enjoyed looking at the structures along the street. It was like being transported in another era with some “guardia sibil” outside the Spanish houses now used as offices and cafes along the road.
Of course, the adventure was not complete if I would not visit “Fort Santiago”. Fort Santiago has become a popular tourists destination. You need to buy tickets to enjoy tour inside. You have the option to walk or take a calesa ride. There are many calesas for rent inside. We opted to walk.
I will be taking you inside Fort Santiago in my “Intramuros Adventure” Part 2. There were lots of historical sights there that I would love to share.
And to top it all, we met apl.de.ap of Black Eyed Peas!