Monday, January 31, 2011

Roam around the Walled City

Apart from Fort Santiago, the Walled City of Intramuros has lots of places to visit and sights to see.. All it has to take is the willingness to roam around the walled city less the scorching heat of the sun and the rough roads made of adobe stones.

Welcome to the Walled City
After visiting Fort Santiago, which I believed is Intramuros' major attraction, we've roamed the Walled City. Equipped with my memory (that served me quite correctly) as I spent my 5 years here where I studied in LPU and all the information I've gathered online as to what are we gonna see here and where to find them, the tour became successful. 

Manila Cathedral

It was my long time dream that when I'm going to get married, the rites must be held here. Who wouldn't want to walk down the long aisle of this church? So romantic, so sweet, so solemn. 

brief history of the church
But I guess, it would now be far-fetched from a long time dream, because getting married here is pricey! One of the most expensive churches here in our country.

♪♫ As we walk down the aisle together.. ♫♪

La Pieta
To know more of Manila Cathedral, click this link!

Casa Manila

One place to go if you want to revisit the past, Casa Manila. It houses a museum, restaurant, offices and stores. It used to be a home for some Ilustrados or wealthy families. Their equipment maybe new but you can still feel the distinction of the present and the past. Unfortunately, we're not able to visit the museum. It is open daily except on Mondays. It has a fee of as low as php 50.

To know more of Casa Manila, click here!

Intramuros Wall

When I was still studying, we used to stay here after class. While we nibbled on chips, we watched the golfers play golf, fellow students rehearsing their plays or choreographing dance steps, vendors selling their goods, buses and jeepneys on the streets of Manila. 

These massive walls were built to protect the seat of the Spanish government from hostile native revolts, and raiding Chinese sea pirates. And only the blanco, or white, were allowed to live inside the walled city. Cells were built in the walls where heretics and enemies of the government were imprisoned. Now, the cells were converted into food stalls and restaurants.

view from the top
These are just few places to visit when you're here in Intramuros. I know I missed lots so I am planning to come back here for more. Discover the undiscovered places and be amaze by the beauty of the Walled City. 

For those planning to pay the Walled City a visit, click here. Then don't forget to share your experience so others would know. Spread the Intramuros fever. :)

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