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“Historical, but Sadly, Not Properly Preserved”
Review of Intramuros

Intramuros
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Private Half-Day Manila City Tour
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Manila Old and New: Sightseeing Tour Including Intramuros and Fort Santiago
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Manila Super Saver: Manila Sightseeing plus Tagaytay Tour with Taal Volcano
Ranked #2 of 140 things to do in Manila
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Intramuros, "The Walled City," is the oldest district in Manila. This is what remains of the fortified city, which was the seat of power during Spanish Colonial times (1521-1898).
Reviewed 8 May 2014

I took my dad for a walk around Intramuros since it was his first time to visit. Over-all, we had a great time exploring every nook and cranny, but it disappointed both of us that Intramuros has been improperly managed by the government. The population of informal settlers has grown rapidly over the years that it's turned into like any other place in Manila.

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Reviewed 2 May 2014

If you go to Manila you have to go to Intramuros - the city 'within the walls'. Much of Manila's modern history is played out here. From the original village to Spanish occupation, the movement towards independence, the British short stay, the United States' involvement, the Japanese invasion and liberation under McArthur; it all has a connection within the walls.
Construction of the walls was begun by the Spanish in 1590 to make their stake in the newly claimed archipelago to some degree defensible.
The walls that we see today are mostly the repaired ruins of walls that have fallen to various attackers of the city. Looking at old photos of the walls it is hard to imagine that so much damage has been so faithfully repaired to its current condition.
Must sees are: Fort Santiago in the sough west corner, the various Baluarte (bastions) spread around the walls, the remaining gates, the ravelins (triangular fortifications outside the walls). Much of the wall is able to be walked and there are many good views of the city and its surrounds.
The golf course that you will see from much of the wall was once a moat surrounding the walled city.
The garden that leads into the Fort Santiago is a quiet respite from the constant bustle of the rest of the Intramuros. It costs a few pesos but it is well worth the visit. Entry fee includes Fort Santiago. While there go to the Rizal Museum within Fort Santiago. It gives a good if not overly detailed history of Jose Rizal, Philippines hero.

2  Thank Pembers_from_Oz
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Reviewed 29 April 2014

I stayed there because some friends receommended it. I was a little bit desapointed to see that only the walls and the fort remained as it was (the churches too). A lot of it was destroyed during the world war 2, thanks to the Americans. The sightseeing within Intramuros is not like I expected. It is a nice place to spend easter since there is a lot of old churches and it is close to other nice areas.

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Reviewed 28 April 2014

Nice place to stroll in the morning, riding the "kalesa" horse drown carriage will even make your visit romantic, see the history of old Manila and a glimpse of our national hero's Dr. Jose Rizal execution, the pathways he walked through at Fort Santiago for a minimal fee of P75. Be transported during the Spanish Era in the Philippines and see the great architecture at that time and even with the ruins you will appreciate the intricacy of each design. After your nice stroll you can try having lunch buffet at the Bay leaf Hotel right beside the golf course and go to their roof-deck and marvel at the greenery's of the surroundings and take selfie pictures with the Manila City Hall tower clock at the background. Poster Perfect!

1  Thank MisisEdz
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Reviewed 28 April 2014

It's a Spanish plaza, like in any other former Spanish colony. Not especially well-kept, very poorly lit at night. The building in question is now torn-down, only the facade is left, but it is crawling with weeds and plant with not light.
You can go around here but my recommendation is only if it's on your way, don't take to much time for it...

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