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

  • 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 ...

  • 6 Historical Sites To Visit Philippines With Your Kids

    6 Historical Sites To Visit Philippines With Your Kids

    Theres nothing like a good field trip to spark the curiosity in kids! In this case, its meant to spark a sense of nationalism. Consider it as a mini Philippine history immersion activity! Weve rounded up six different spots you can take your kids for a bit of history and some fun. So scroll down, and start planning your next family field trip ASAP!

  • Tourism Team Up With Lego To Promote Intramuros

    Tourism Team Up With Lego To Promote Intramuros

    The Department of Tourism (DOT) has teamed up with popular international toy brand Lego to promote Intramuros among the youth and deepen their appreciation of the walled citys rich history, culture and heritage.

    Through the iMake History Fortress Architecture competition, the DOT hopes to stir the imagination of around 200 college students as they create scale models of iconic landmarks found in Intramuros.

    This activity aims to encourage youthful Filipino visionaries, particularly architecture and engineering students, to deepen their appreciation of our diversely rich history, Tourism ...

  • Bigger Budget For Restoration¬†Of PHL Heritage Sites Sought

    A senator on Monday recommended a bigger budget for the restoration of Philippine historical sites, noting that it would bring in more tourists and, at the same time, create more jobs.

    In a press statement, Sen. Joel Villanueva expressed frustration on how the government is handling the conservation of the country's cultural heritage, particularly Intramuros, which only has P50-million budget this year, a huge cut from the P443-million allocation last year.

    He did not mention how much of an increase he wanted but noted that the government should be more active in promoting sustainable pl ...

  • More Visitors Eyed As Fort Santiago Showcases Two New Sections

    More Visitors Eyed As Fort Santiago Showcases Two New Sections

    In addition to its existing dungeons, promenades and ruins, visitors now have more reasons to visit Fort Santiago as it opened two new historic sites recently "the Paseo Soledad and Plaza Moriones. The sections were redeveloped by the Department of Tourism (DOT), as part of the Intramuros Revival Project spearheaded by Tourism Secretary Wanda Corazon T. Teo that seeks to boost visitor arrivals in the historic walled city to 91 percent.

    "We started the project in October by cleaning up the streets, followed by the Christmas Season, when we lighted the giant parol at Plaza Romana. We also hel ...