Intramuros is one of the most popular and nostalgic tourist spots in Manila. There is so much history here. This site, whose name in Spanish literally means “within the walls”, is an entire city within a century-old wall made from stone blocks. The wall was built by the Spanish when the Philippines was under Spanish rule. It is 8-feet thick and 22-feet tall, covering 64 hectares of land. Every Filipino has visited the city within the walls at least once in his or her lifetime, either as part of a school field trip or touring a friend from a foreign country. Any tourist on a tour package in Manila or a foreigner visiting a friend or relative is sure to be taken to Intramuros.
Manila is the busiest city in the Philippines. Yet amidst the modern developments and industrialization, Intramuros has preserved its original Spanish colonial atmosphere. Old buildings and roads show old Spanish architectural designs. The nostalgia is exactly what makes the place special, although there are now Jollibee burger chains and Starbucks inside, as well as a modern golf course. [Read more…]