Intramuros

"Intramuros, located along the southern bank of the Pasig River, was built by the Spaniards in the 16th century and is the oldest district of the city of Manila, the capital of the Philippines. Its name, in Latin, intramuros, literally "within the walls", meaning within the wall enclosure of the city/fortress, also describes its structure as it is surrounded by thick, high walls and moats. During the Spanish colonial period, Intramuros was considered Manila itself."

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How to go to Intramuros?

By taxi
For visitors who don't mind shelling out a little extra - and putting up with rush-hour traffic jams - Manila's relatively inexpensive taxis are probably the easiest and most direct way of reaching Intramuros from elsewhere in the city. The current flagdown rate is ₱30, and the fare goes up in increments of ₱2.50 every few hundred metres (or 2 min of idle time).

By train
The nearest railway station is Central Terminal (LRT-1 / Yellow Line) [2]. Though within sight of the eastern walls, the station is a pretty long walk from the western part of Intramuros (where many of the major sights are located), so tourists headed in that direction might consider covering the rest of the journey by taxi.

By water bus
The Pasig River Ferry [3] stops at Plaza México station, not far from the ruins of the Intendencia (Aduana) building.









Intramuros is said to a very historical place during the Spanish Era. You can still see the touch of Spaniards, the architecture of the infrastructure as well as the ruins. But now a days, Intramuros is one of the busiest part of Manila because many universities and different establishment are located inside Intramuros.

These are some of the following establishments :

Note: parenthesis () indicates the new buildings that occupy the same site today.

Churches

* Lourdes Church (El Almanecer)
* Manila Cathedral*
* San Agustin Church*
* Santo Domingo Church (Bank of the Philippine Islands)
* San Francisco Church (Mapúa Institute of Technology)
* San Ignacio Church* (Ruins)
* San Nicolas de Tolentino Church (Manila Bulletin)
* Beaterio de la Compañia de Jesus* (Light and Sound Museum)
* Convento de Sta. Clara (Empty Lot)
* Chapel of the Third Venerable Order (Mapúa Chapel)

Schools

* Ateneo Municipal de Manila (Clamshell 1)
* Beaterio-Colegio de Sta. Catalina (Letran Elementary School)
* Colegio de San Juan de Letrán*
* Colegio de Sta. Isabel (Clamshell 2)
* Colegio de Sta. Rosa*
* (Manila High School*)
* Mapúa Institute of Technology
* (Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila)
* Lyceum of the Philippines University
* University of Santo Tomas (BF Condominiums) - Bound by Plaza Santo Tomas and Ayuntamiento (ruins)
* Universidad Maximo de San Ignacio (Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila)

Other buildings

* Palacio del Gobernador* (Commission on Elections)
* Audiencia (former Supreme Court building and the Old Commission on Elections*)[3] (Ruins)
* Ayuntamiento* (Ruins)
* Hospital de San Juan de Dios (Lyceum of the Philippines University)
* Intendencia* (Ruins)
* Palacio Arzobispal*
* Palacio de Sta. Potenciana (Philippine Red Cross)

See map here - Intramuros Map









Intramuros also famous for photo shoots, pre-nuptials, weddings, conceptual, etc. But you need to secure a permit from Intramuros Administration Office.

References:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intramuros
http://wikitravel.org/en/Manila/Intramuros
http://www.intramurosadministration.com/attractions.htm

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