Unique in Asia, this was a European-style medieval fortified city that functioned as the seat of government from 1571 to ... More
Unique in Asia, this was a European-style medieval fortified city that functioned as the seat of government from 1571 to 1898. The massive walls stretch some 4.5 kilometers, enclosing a 64-hectare area once occupied by palaces, churches, monasteries, schools and wealthy residences ('Intramuros' means 'inside the walls'). Sadly, the whole city was razed to the ground by bombings conducted by American forces when they recaptured Manila from the Japanese in 1945. Today most of the walls, gates and bulwarks have been restored, affording visitors a glimpse into the past.
Originally a grandee's summer home on the banks of the Pasig River , Malacanang Palace became the residence of the
Spanish governor general in 1863 when an earthquake devastated the Palacio del Gobernador (Governor's Palace) in Intramuros . From ...
With virtually the whole of Intramuros destroyed during World War II, this is the only remaining repository of the wealth
that was once a common feature of Manila's churches. Formerly a monastery, the museum comprises two floors interconnected by ...
Contact between China and the Philippines goes back several centuries (or millennia, according to some historians). By the 16th century,
spurred by the flourishing Manila Acapulco Galleon Trade, tens of thousands of Chinese immigrants had settled in Manila. This ...
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