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“Time machine” 4 of 5 stars
Review of 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).
Manila, Philippines
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“Time machine”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

After visiting Fort Santiago take a walk around intramuros. There are old spanish buildings built during the Spanish colony in the Philippines.

There are also carrages, souvenir shops and resraurants with spanish settings.

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“Nice Place to Visit”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

Probably the only historical site in Manila worth visiting. The Manila Cathedral was lovely. Go on the horse carriage but negotiate a good deal, about Peso 250 should be fair

Visited February 2013
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“Mixed feelings”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

Well... I was starting this review giving it 4 stars, and I probably should have stuck to that. It all depends on what you are looking for. I took my first Jeepney to go there (that is something you must do in Manila), walked around solo for a couple hours, bought some water, thought about life, wished I could play golf in the club that has its fairways interspersed with the walls... So for me I would probably give it 4.

Due to the lack of grand attractions in Manila (it is a city that you have to take or leave - take it as it is, don't ask yourself what if? - or else you will spoil the fun), it is something you have to do. Be advised that if you are shocked by smells, sounds, pollution, you are in for some detox later. Specially if you walk into it from the avenue where the museum is, you will walk through a very busy, dirty, slummy area until you reach the walls and the platitude they offer.

Could everything be better taken care of? Could the gardens and flower beds around the streets that lead to it be nicely planted? Could the sidewalks have space for you, and better drainage, to spare you stepping into sewer? All of these answers are YES. But to check on the ruins and historic sites, get in touch with people actually living in a neighborhood that has 500 year old fortresses and building is probably worth it.

Visited February 2013
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“Must see in Manila”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

Manila doesn’t generally sit high on a tourist’s Bucket List but Intramuros is a must see if you are in this big, bustling metropolis. With children in our group, we opted not to do a three-hour tour that was recommended. However, after such a good first exploration, next time we are in Manila we will definitely go back and get a good guide.
In essence we only saw two buildings – San Augustin Church and museum, and Casa Manila residence – as well as the view from our car of the cobbled streets and magnificent walls. The church had back-to-back weddings in progress on the Saturday we were there, so we could only look into the church from the main doors, a side entrance and the loft. It is very impressive and beautiful. The museum has room after room of remarkable artefacts. There are some restrictions on taking photos but we found that if we asked the security guards if we could take a certain photo without using flash, they were quite obliging. The “floats” for religious processions, paintings, tombs, gardens and architecture make this a rich experience.
Across the street is Casa Manila, a reconstructed house full of authentic furniture from the glory days of the Spanish era. From memory it was a P50 entrance fee for adults, a bargain for such a rich insight into life from a bygone era. Don’t miss the communal toilets; can’t see those making a comeback any time soon!
On a return visit we would include Manila Cathedral, Fort Santiago, a walk along the walls, Rizal Park, and roam the streets and plazas for a while. And here's hoping that the authorities in the Philippines can find the funds to continue to restore this magnificent part of Manila.

Visited January 2013
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“ok to kill a couple of hours”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

for a european, the remnants of a fortified city are nothing too spectalur (too much deja-vu?) but it's ok to spend a couple of hours walking around

Visited January 2013
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