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“Many old buildings to see”
Review of Intramuros

Intramuros
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Private Half-Day Manila City Tour
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Manila Old and New: Sightseeing Tour Including Intramuros and Fort Santiago
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$118.00*
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Manila Super Saver: Manila Sightseeing plus Tagaytay Tour with Taal Volcano
Ranked #2 of 138 things to do in Manila
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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).
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“Many old buildings to see”
Reviewed July 2, 2013

Was a very large area that is enclosed in a wall. it was bombed during the war so most of the buildings are from 1945 onward. But some old buildings did survive.

Visited June 2013
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“Nostalgia Spanish Conquistador”
Reviewed July 2, 2013

A must see place ensure the guide knows the history ver well non-biased or read non- biased books prior to attending. Compare photos from before and after. Visit the church that houses the oldest bamboo organ. Go to the Rizal exhibit.

Visited December 2012
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Manila, Philippines
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“Center of Spanish's colonization of the Philippines”
Reviewed June 29, 2013

This place is really good for a walking tour. It's actually preferred to hire a tour guide to know more than what's written in history books; plus touring around and most the time just seeing walls might be a bit boring when done alone (especially if you or your companions are not much of a history buff). Nevertheless, it's a picturesque place and one would definitely feel the old Manila visiting Intramuros. There are also a lot of cheap stores to buy drinks and food from.

Visited March 2013
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Adelaide, Australia
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“Quick visit”
Reviewed June 29, 2013

I had a couple of hours to spare and went for a quick visit to Intramuros. It was interesting to a point, but probably didn't really captivate me. I used a pedal cyclo person for a tour and it ended badly with them arguing about the price that we had agreed upon at the start. It is visually interesting, and I probably should have just meandered by myself and my experience might have been different..

Visited June 2013
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Makati, Philippines
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“Within The Walls”
Reviewed June 28, 2013

Intramuros means 'inside the walls' in Latin. Aside from being invaded by Chinese pirates, threatened by Dutch forces, and held by the Americans and Japanese, this interesting slice of history served as the seat of the Spanish colonial government from 1571 to 1898. Also known as the 'walled city', Intramuros is (in my opinion) one of the best places in the Philippines. However, it's really sad that very little support has been given by the government to preserve it. If Manila is serious about attracting more tourists, then they can probably start with Intramuros.

TIP: You must bargain before you ride a 'kalesa' (horse carriage). Sometimes, drivers can be cheaters. You might end up paying a pretty huge amount, so you better clarify your agreement first before hopping in!

Visited September 2012
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