Intramuros is a Spanish word meaning with in a wall. Intramuros is a city within a wall located in the City of Manila, the Philippines capital. It is one of the oldest Spanish fortresses in the country today if not in the world. For the record, Spain colonized the country for more than 300 years. Today, Intramuros is a living proof of the country’s history. It has been ten years since I last went in the walled city. Memories are blurring, so it’s a good time to refresh.
Gallery of the Philippine Presidents…
It used to be a military base, but now converted into a mixed used facility. Its streets are alive, residential, commercial/private offices, government agencies, colleges and universities, museums, churches, gardens, events venue and more.
- Palacio Del Gobernador (Palace of the Governor) – it used to be the official residence of the Spanish Governor-Generals in the country. It is now being used by COMELEC (Commission on Election) as its main headquarters.
Most of the area as well as structures with historical significance have been maintained, restored and renovated. Artefacts of the colonial era are displayed. Remnants of war as well as jail and quarters of the Philippine National Hero Dr. Jose Protacio Rizal can still be seen at “Fort Santiago”, a walled garrison within the walled city right at the bank of Pasig River.
Rizal’s last footstep from his prison cell going to Bagumbayan (Luneta) where he was executed through firing squad.
There is nothing much to do here , unless you love history and wanted to trace how that part of the country played a vital role in the past then it’s a site to behold; a haven for photo enthusiasts as well.
Intramuros was built to protect Maynila (Manila) from pirates and invaders. It is loaded with lots of cannons, ammunition and any other form of armaments and weaponry. Maybe back then, people are warned from flying cannon balls, but today, one signage held my attention and it says, “Watch out for flying golf balls”! The walled city has now a golf course built just outside its walls. Some of the walled city’s vital parts are now standing proud at the middle of the course.