Intramuros Photo Gallery

Intramuros is the Spanish citadel dating from the 16th century. The walls still surround it, but the interior is now a mix of slums, historic churches, and government buildings.

Fort Santiago was both a military structure and prison where revolutionary leader Jose Rizal was held and executed.

At the tip of the fort is the dirty Pasig River. There was so much garbage floating around!

Meanwhile, the weapons storage is built underground, but the Spanish soon found out building a cellar next to a river would impact their gunpowder-fueled items.

Outside, many horse carriage touts were around trying to entice you to try out their services. The area has a mix of historic and modern buildings, and it is perfectly easy to walk from one attraction to another despite the 35C dry heat.

Manila Cathedral of today is a reconstruction from World War II, with its bronze door carved to depict the events causing its destruction.

Casa Manila forbids photography inside most of its rooms, which are elaborately decorated and not crowded with tourists at all. Designed to mimick a Spanish colonial house from the 19th century, some interesting features include the hand-operated fabrics above the dining room table to cool dining patrons and keep the flies away.

San Agustin Church is the oldest church in the country and was the only building left standing after World War II. Recently restored, it is now an art museum while the worshipping area looks amazing.

The neighbourhood has pockets of restored buildings and historic ruins.

Monetary note images are sourced from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

Manila Photo Gallery