Intramuros Tavel Guide

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  • Intramuros Tavel Guide

Intramuros is the oldest district and historic core of the City of Manila. Also called the Walled City, the original city of Manila was the seat of government when the Philippines were a component realm of the Spanish Empire. Districts beyond the walls were referred as the extramuros of Manila, meaning “outside the walls”. Within the protective walls rose a city of stone palaces, churches, monasteries, convents, schools, and fine courtyard houses. A spacious borough of wide streets, leafy plazas and lovely colonial houses, the old walled city of Intramuros was the centrepiece of Spanish Manila. At the mouth of the Pasig River you’ll find Manila’s premier tourist attraction, Fort Santiago, fronted by a pretty lily pond and the Intramuros Visitors Center. The most interesting building to survive the Battle of Manila is the church and monastery of San Agustin. The interior is truly opulent and the ceiling, painted in 3D relief, will make you question your vision. Opposite the church, Casa Manila is a beautiful reproduction of a three-storey Spanish colonial mansion, filled with priceless antiques.