INTRAMUROS - A must in your itinerary when visiting the Philippines.
Intramuros also known as "Walled City" is considered to be the oldest district or town in Manila. It is a huge place to explore and tours can be organized anytime within the day. And one of the most visited place inside Intramuros is Fort Santiago.
Since our guests arrived early morning from the UK, we came up to a decision to take them to Intramuros, Manila. We loved visiting this place not just because of the rich history but the beauty of this historical place. Walking along Fort Santiago in Intramuros is like you walking back in time .
As you arrived, you will be welcomed by people offering you a tour around Intramuros. The cost of the tour is around Php 2500.00 including a tour guide. A Kalesa ( Horse drawn carriage) could also take you around the park for Php 100.00.
This fountain located at the center creates a nice atmosphere. Perfect place to just sit and unwind.
The view of the Fort Santiago is stunning. Our foreign visitors really loved this place. The architectural beauty and the history of the place are just some of the things we enjoyed. They are very privileged and thankful that we brought them to a place like this.
Picnicking is also allowed in the area. Tables and chairs are available so you can spend the day here with your family.
As you enter Fort Santiago Gate, you will find the Jose Rizal Museum. Inside you will find a lot of artifacts and different things showing the heroism of our National Hero Dr. Jose Rizal.
As you walk further up, you will find dungeons which served as execution chambers. This dungeons are just above sea level and when the tide rises they get flooded and the prisoners drowned to death.
While you are exploring, this bronze foot steps are so evident and there is no way of missing them. These steps will take you out Fort Santiago all the way to Rizal Park also known as Luneta where our National Hero was shot by the Spaniards.
Intramuros is definitely a place to visit and to explore not just by our foreign visitors but also by locals. It's nice to look back to our history and to appreciate and honor those who fought for the freedom of our country.
Here are some of the information that might help you:
Open on Mondays 1:00 pm to 5:00 PM
Tuesdays-Sundays 8:00 am to 12:00 noon/ 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Contacts: (source: visitpinas.com)
527-2961 (Intramuros Visitors Center);
527-2961 (Fort Santiago Office);
27-3138 (Intramuros Administration).