Intramuros is a district in Manila, Philippines where structures built hundreds of years ago still stand. Visiting Intramuros is like going back in time, with the old, weathered walls that once stood as a fort tell plenty of stories and ooze of culture.
Visiting Intramuros is like going back in time to the Spanish colonial era. Built in the 16th century, Intramuros was old Manila itself. It was enclosed by thick, high walls, and moats, just like a fortress. Inside the walled city was several churches, schools, convents and the Governor’s Palace, the official residence of the governor general.
Intramuros was restored and is the only district in Manila that retained its Hispanic influences. After hundreds of years and a destructive war, some of the structures had survived, reminding us of our past.
The Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception or Manila Cathedral, is the seat of the Archbishop of Manila. Originally built in 1581, the cathedral suffered from several earthquakes, fires, and was severely destroyed during the war. Its present structure was constructed in 1954.
In front of the cathedral is the Plaza de Roma. At the center is a water fountain and a bronze monument of King Carlos IV of Spain built in 1824. With my Diana Mini, I had the pleasure of traveling back in time.