Nearby Attraction: San Agustin Church

Intramuros "The Walled City"

Casa Manila, Intramuros
Intramuros was the administrative centre of Spain since the 16th century, located between the mouth of Pasig River and Manila Bay, surrounded by walls and forts. Today it is the site of significant churches and historical attractions.
Attractions within the walls of Intramuros  
San Agustin Church: Baroque Church of the Philippines
UNESCO World Heritage Site 

Fort Santiago 
Large fort on the mouth of Pasig River, it was occupied by the Muslim, Spanish and Japanese and served as main fort for spice trade to America and Europe more than 300 years.

Manila Cathedral 
It is the highest seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of the Philippines. The current church is the 6th incarnation after several time damages from typhoon, earthquakes and war. 

Bahny Tsinoy Heritage Center 
Museum displays lifestyle and objects of Chinese immigrants in the past.

Plaza San Luis / Casa Manila 
The colonial style complex, there are  shops, cafe, hotel and museum, such as Casa Manila, White Knight Hotel and Restaurant, café, souvenir shop, travel agent.

Baluarte de San Andres 
One of the forts surrounding Intramuros, providing nice view of Manila City Hall.

Entrance, Fort Santiago, Intramuros
Manila Cathedral, Intramuros
Casa Manila, San Luis Complex, Intramuros
San Luis Complex, Intramuros
Golf Course, Intramuros
My experience in Intramuros 
I reached the old town by 2 Filipino brother and sister who took me riding Jeepney from the Manila Post Office along river to Plaza Roma in front of Manila Cathedral.

I hired a tricycle to tour around Intramuros in the price of 500 pesos for 2 hours. Starting at the San Agustin Church, then go to Fort Santiago. Back in the street around the wall, visited Baluartillo de San Jose a fortress surrounded by golf course, then went to Baluarte de San Andres. It is a fortress overlooking the Manila City Hall and ended the visit at San Agustin Church.

Award Wining Historic Building, Intramuros
Battle of Manila 1945 Monument, Intramuros
Around, Intramuros
Then I spent the rest at Casa Manila within Plaza San Luis opposite San Agustin Church. Casa Manila is colonial style museum displays lifestyle of wealthy Chinese merchants who still keeping Chinese traditions while believing Catholic faith. They love to show off their wealth through the Spanish mansions and luxurious furniture imported from Europe.

Intramuros is currently left a few significant historic sites. Within the city walls, there are new buildings such as university and printing factory. Sightseeing should focuses on specific area not far from the San Agustin Church.

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