If you, like many history enthusiasts, are aspiring to seek out what remains of historic Philippines, then a visit to the centuries-old walled district known as Intramuros within Manila is a must. Intramuros dates back to the Spanish colonial period and is one of the principal epitomes of the country’s preserved and wealthy history and culture.
Landmarks that tell a story
All of the landmarks within its walls have a story behind them. To give you prominent examples, the walled city is where Fort Santiago is located. It was within these stone barracks where Phillippine national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal was held prisoner prior to his well-known execution.
The San Agustin Church can also be found within these walls. It is the first religious structure constructed by the Spaniards in Luzon.
Intramuros is also where one of the oldest churches in Manila can be found, aptly named the Manila Cathedral.
Exploring Intramuros is free for everyone, however, there are some attractions within the walls that have a nominal entrance fee. The entrance fee to Fort Bonifacio is Php 75.00 per head, with a discount available for PWD and senior citizens and the same goes for Baluarte De San Diego. The famous Kalesa ride will give you a tour inside the walls with prices ranging from Php 500 to 1000 for 30 to 45 mins. Make sure to bring the fully vaccinated card and facemask.
A step back in history
While many buildings have been rehabilitated and renovated on multiple occasions for tourists, they still hold the charm of their past. Many of the building’s historic essence has stood the test of time, and with the help of proper conservation, still retains its past Spanish colonial style. All of this can be seen when walking through the cobbled streets of Intramuros.
Entrance of Barbara’s Heritage Restaurant Outside view of Barbara’s Heritage Restaurant
Intramuros is also home to a wide array of restaurants such as Barbara’s Heritage Restaurant that offers quality Filipino and Spanish food. They are also famous for their cultural dance presentation inside their restaurant.
There are souvenir shops and the Bayleaf hotel whose products and services are readily available to accommodate all visitors. The Bayleaf Hotel biggest attraction is their Skydeck Restaurant, a Filipino restaurant with a scenic view of Manila City Hall, Intramuros Golf Course and Pasig River.
A visit to Intramuros will leave you in awe of the country’s beautiful past and enlightened by the country’s history and culture. From the beautiful buildings to the historical landmarks and delicious foods, there is much to see and do within this walled city. Intramuros will always remain a timeless embodiment of the historical and cultural values left behind by the country’s forefathers.