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.
The U.S. maintains memorial cemeteries in various countries around the world. This sprawling 61.5 hectare plateau, where the remains of
more than 17,000 American soldiers killed in the Philippines and New Guinea during World War II have been laid ...
Asia's first university, the University of Santo Tomas (UST) was founded in 1611, antedating Harvard, America's oldest institution of higher
learning. UST was located inside Intramuros but moved to its present site in 1927 to accommodate the growing student ...
For almost four centuries Santo Domingo de Manila, the church and motherhouse of the Dominican Order, stood within the walls
of Intramuros . Moved to this site after the destruction of original structure in World War II, Santo Domingo ...