Intramuros

Manila, Manila

Intramuros (Latin, "within the walls") is the oldest district and historic core of Manila, the capital of the Philippines. Also called the Walled City, it was the original city of Manila and was the seat of government when the Philippines was a component realm of the Spanish Empire. Districts beyond the walls were referred as the extramuros of Manila, meaning "outside the walls".

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nstruction of the defensive walls was started by Spanish colonial government in the late 16th century to protect the city from foreign invasions. The 0.67-square-kilometre (0.26 sq mi) walled city was originally located along the shores of the Manila Bay, south of the entrance to Pasig River. Guarding the old city is Fort Santiago, its citadel located at the mouth of the river. Land reclamations during the early 20th-century subsequently obscured the walls and fort from the bay.

Intramuros was heavily damaged during the battle to recapture the city from the Japanese Imperial Army during the Second World War. Reconstruction of the walls was started in 1951 when Intramuros was declared a National Historical Monument, which is continued to this day by the Intramuros Administration (IA).

The Global Heritage Fund identified Intramuros as one of the 12 worldwide sites "on the verge" of irreparable loss and destruction on its 2010 report titled Saving Our Vanishing Heritage,[4] citing its insufficient management and development pressures.

Intramuros News

  • Tourist-friendly Pedicabs Unveiled In Intramuros

    Tourist-friendly Pedicabs Unveiled In Intramuros

    A total of 10 tourist-friendly pedicabs were unveiled at the Fort Santiago in Intramuros, Manila, Sunday.

    "Theres a new way to explore the Walled City after the Intramuros Administration officially unveiled 10 spruced-up and tourist-friendly pedicabs," the Department of Tourism (DOT) said in a statement.

    As part of the 2017 #DesignWeekPH initiave, the Department of Trade and Industrys Design Center of the Philippines dressed up the pedicabs with tarp roofs that were inspired by the Walled Citys Seven Gates.

    The pedicabs were also painted using the colors of the Intramuros Administrati ...

  • The Timeless Beauty Of Intramuros In Photos

    The Timeless Beauty Of Intramuros In Photos

    With the centuries old of history that lies within its walls, theres no doubt that the beauty of the Walled City of Intramuros is a timeless one. Even in the 21st century where most people love taking selfies and snaps of their kittens and caramel macchiatos, this good, old-fashioned historical destination will never disappoint regardless whether its seen through your naked eyes or your latest cameras lens.

  • Rizal Park Intramuros In The City Of Manila Back Home In The Philippines Day 6

    Today, we visited Rizal Park, a place from my childhood, and one of my favorite places in Manila, Intramuros. There's so much to do in these places. One day is not enough.

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  • Celebrating World Tourism Day In Intramuros

    Celebrating World Tourism Day In Intramuros

    You might be thinking about the location where this photo taken from; I have no money to travel abroad so it's not from the ancient Greece or Rome. It is one of the tourist spots and must visit attractions in Manila. Okay, it is from Intramuros or the "Walled City" one of the sites that has significance in Philippine history. I was captivated by the Intramuros Open House in Celebration of World Tourism Day. Entrance fees are for free on three of the must visit spots inside the walled city; these are Fort Santiago, Baluarte de San Diego, and Casa Manila. Not only that, there are free bicycle to ...

  • Photo Exhibit Conserving Avian Treasures

    Photo Exhibit Conserving Avian Treasures

    With its goal and mission to disseminate information and education toward the conservation of the countrys vanishing avian treasures, the Wild Bird Photographers of the Philippines (WBPP), in partnership with the Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation (FPPF) is holding a photo exhibit titled Ibong Malaya: The Philippines Avian Treasures. The event, which is held until July 12, 2017 at The Chamber, Fort Santiago in Intramuros, Manila, showcases some of the endemic species of birds in the country.

    In cooperation with the Department of Tourism (DoT), the exhibit displays the works o ...

  • 4 Relaxing Spots To Visit In Intramuros

    4 Relaxing Spots To Visit In Intramuros

    Intramuros is a must-see destination for first-time tourists in Manila. While its landscape has evolved through the years, its beauty and charm hasnt changed.

    Built in the late 16th century, Intramuros served as a political, cultural, educational, religious, and commercial center of the Spanish empire in the Philippines. The walls were built to protect residents from attacks from various forces.

    Today, more than 400 years later, Intramuros still stands as a social and business area, with schools, government offices, and establishments thriving in the walled city.

    Recent renovations ha ...