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“historically wonderful landmarks” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Intramuros

Intramuros
Bonifacio Dr & Padre Burgos St, Manila, Luzon 1002, Philippines
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Ranked #4 of 69 Attractions in Manila
Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas, Cultural
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Intramuros, "The Walled City," is the oldest district in Manila. This is what remains of the fortified city, which was the seat of power during Spanish Colonial times (1521-1898).
Quezon City, Philippines
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“historically wonderful landmarks”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

Cobbled stone streets, and other Spanish-influenced architectural designs and styles can still be seen at this Walled City of Manila. The most imposing structures are the Manila Cathedral, Fort Santiago's main arch entrance, San Agustin Church and Casa Real. A visit to Intramuros is a travel to the past glory. Take with you a travel book, talk to a senior man on the streets who is eager to share you plenty of memorable stories is a nice experience. It's even more fun taking a calesa ride, a horse-drawn carriage or just a leisurely walk around the old city and dine in a local restaurant to feel blast from the 16th century living.

Visited October 2012
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“A walk through history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013 via mobile

We go to the Philippines every year to spend time with our family there. Besides the natural beauty of the Philippines and the wonderful people, I love its rich standing history, which can be evidenced at the old walled city. It seems that every major conflict to occur on Phillipine soil has left a mark here, from The time its origin to WWII. Spanish, American and Japanese forces have at one time or another, lay claim to its still formidable structure. Now teeming with a myriad of color from indigenous plants and gardens, the red and grey brickwork provide a stoic backdrop for all to enjoy. Enter into the Rizal museum (please remember to remove your hat) and pay your respects to the deeply moving writings and artistry of undoubtedly the country's greatest citizen. Upon leaving the museum, one can easily feel his presence, tracing his final footsteps on his beloved Philippine soil.

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“Walk This Way tour: entertaining and worthwhile”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

While Intramuros warranted a stroll and a look, the 3 hour `Walk This Way` tour with Carlos Celdran gave the ruins perspective and meaning. Celdran was informed, interesting, and passionate. The 3 hours pass quickly with occasional breaks to wander and return. Highly recommended destination with Celdran. Worth seeing without him, too.

Visited January 2013
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“Going back through history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013 via mobile

When I went to Manila for the third time, I'd bet you'd know a lot about the place especially because I had it my history classes. However, I think a person who is a foreigner should have a great travel guide. Manila Cathedral and Fort Santiago could give a lot of history. A lunch at Ilustrado in Calle Real gives a Hispano-Philippine touch. Beware with informal settlers and pickpockets. But, a trip at Intramuros would be delighting if you're cautious.

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“Not much to see”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

The whole Intramuros and the fort is nothing really special. It's dirty and run down and there is not much to do.
You don't need more than 3 hours to visit Intramuros and the Rizal park.

Visited December 2012
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