Intramuros, the walled city

Posted: July 9, 2012 in Travel
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This summer, we went to Intramuros.

Intramuros was the seat of the government during the Spanish colonial period. It was built by the Spaniards to protect the Spanish seat from foreign invasion (British, Dutch and Chinese sea pirates in the 16th century). I was fascinated by the walled city because it is rich in history.

The dome of the Manila Cathedral

The fountain in the San Agustin Church courtyard

The old buildings still stand. The roads are covered by cobble stones just like in most parts in London. I haven’t been to London but my father went there last summer and he told me all about the beautiful place. Most parts of Intramuros aren’t polluted because people ride the kalesa. Kalesas are everywhere and I learned that there are two kinds. The first class is for three persons. The second class is for six persons. My family and I rode the kalesa and we toured the entire Intramuros. The man that drove the kalesa was very appreciative of Filipino history. He is happy with his job because he loves Filipino history.  I took pictures of everything historic that I saw.

The first Ateneo de Manila classroom

The first Ateneo De Manila was based there, too. Intramuros is also the oldest district in Manila. The wall of Intramuros is very long. You could see some cannons in some parts of the wall. The Manila Cathedral and the San Agustin church can be found inside the walled city.

Inside Ristaurante delle Mitre

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My favorite restaurant in Intramuros is Ristaurante delle Mitre. They serve very good food.

Intramuros overall, is perfect for family bonding!

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