After looking around Intramuros, we went to Fort Santiago which is by the back part of Intramuros. Fort Santiago was built as a defence fortress against pirates and other intruders. To see the Fort there is a fee of 75 Pesos ($2). Also around there are a lot of people trying to get you to buy stuff and also a lot of street kids asking for money. You definitely need to be mindful of your belonging before you get to the Fort.
When you enter the Fort you notice this big building on the right side. I'm not sure what it is/was, I couldn't find any information on it.
One thing I didn't like was how the horses were standing in the sun. It was about 40 Celsius, way too hot for me so obviously too hot for them. When we walked through Intramuros we saw these poor horses foaming at the mouth, which did not look healthy at all. If you look at the horses leg, you can see sores on it. I really love horse carriage rides, but when I saw this it made me not want to do it, so I didn't. They could at least put them in the shade, with some water.
The garden in the promenade was quite nice. It had a fountain and lots of different plants.
Here is the entrance to Fort Santiago. The For tis over 400 years old, but has had some reconstruction work. As you can see there is moat separating the Fort and the rest of the grounds.
The original arch entrance was destroyed in WWII. But has been restored. It looks beautiful.
After you walk through the main entrance you will see a little courtyard and then go through another entrance. The entrance is quite small for a fort.
Below is one of the outer walls of the Rajah Sulayman Theater. Rajah Sulayman was the ruler of the Maynila Kingdom (old Manila), before the Spanish rule.
We also got to see a lot of dungeons, where a lot of American soldiers died. Rizal was even kept here before his execution. It was very eerie looking into these dark holes.
Behind the dungeons the are stairs you can climb to go on the top of the building. You get a really nice view of the Pasig river. As you can see there is a lot of garbage in the river and it looks very dirty.
There is also a furniture exhibit. It is an exhibit of Jose Rizal & his family's furniture from their ancestral house. It costs 10 Pesos to enter ($0.27). One thing about Manila, all the tourist attractions are hella cheap! You can see a painting and statue of Rizal when you first walk in. You are allowed to take pictures, but you are not allowed to use flash. It really wasn't that interesting but it was brutally hot outside.
After, we just walked around. When you look down to the right side you can see these buildings which look really cool. There are also really huge palm trees. This is all part of the Plaza De Armas, a public square in Intramuros.
When you head back out through the main arch entrance of Fort Santiago, you will see this boarded up building on the right side. This building used to be the Spanish fortress headquarters. You can even see large bullet holes in the walls. I enjoy coming to these historical sights. I've learned a lot about Filipino history, something that I absolutely knew nothing about.
When you exit Intramuros, you will see a beige building. They have a souvenir store, which is a tourist trap. But on the side of the building they have an "I love Manila" statue. I love these things.
Here is another view of the Manila Cathedral coming from the east.
On the way out of Intramuros I saw this sign. You can definitely see the Spanish influence in this area. But this area is a must see for the Philippines. There aren't as many attractions as you would expect for a popular city.
I loved Intramuros, I didn't expect to see anything like this but worth a visit! But day two is not over, I will be writing a part three because we did a lot today.
Welcome to Herxtravels!
I’m Hilda, the writer behind Herxtravels. Here you can find travel guides, reviews and tips. Find out more about me here.
LATEST ON INSTAGRAM